THE CHILLI Company opened its doors at the weekend for a spicy two-day festival celebrating the fiery pepper.
Crowds were entertained by demonstrations on how to cook with chillies, a barbecue, a bar and a host of stalls selling chilli sauces, pies, jams and even chilli beer and cider.
On Saturday the farm, at Mendlesham along the A140, was visited by Mark Bodycote who brought with him a collection of snakes, spiders, tarantulas, scorpions and Goliath, his grumpy snapping turtle.
And competitors were left with streaming faces on Saturday after they took part in a hotly contested chilli eating competition.
Gavin Cowling, who was visiting the festival with his wife Kate and son Evan, said: “I am addicted to chillies. When I think of them I start to salivate. We have had a great day today and got more than we bargained for – there is so much to do.”
Although there were a few showers on Saturday, visitors were not put off and the farm was packed with chilli fans of all ages all weekend long.
On Saturday evening, the farm hosted ChilliStock, a night of music featuring bands from around the county. On Sunday, Masterchef finalist Andy Oliver showed off his cooking skills, demonstrating how to prepare his favourite Thai dishes.
Denise Nuttall, co-owner of the Chilli Company said: “The weather was great and we’re thrilled with how it went.”