Chilli festival heats marina


St. John Hammond dressed up as a chilli.        Picture: Martin Kennealey           d449361
St. John Hammond dressed up as a chilli.        Picture: Martin Kennealey        d449361

After losing a bet in December, Mr Hammond will be the mascot at the second annual Chilli Festival on February 13.

“He made a bet with staff that no one would get the ‘hole in one’ golf challenge,” event manager Sarah Mallah said.

“He was proved wrong; therefore he has to be our Mindarie Chilli on the day of the festival.”

Running from noon to 6pm, the event will feature market stalls selling a range of sweet and savoury foods.

Entertainers Muchos Mariachi will wander around the boardwalk from 1pm to 4pm, as will a stilt walker, balloon twister, face painter and the chillis.

Band Rhythm 22 will take to The Indian Ocean Brewing Co stage for the first time from 1pm, and DR Bogus and their big band will be on The Boat’s stage from 3pm.

“They’re always such crowd pleasers and get everyone into the festival spirit and up and dancing,” Ms Mallah said.

The Wire Birds will perform at The Boat from 7pm, and Team Halo will be at The Indian Ocean Brewery from 7.30pm.

People can also test their limits in the chilli-eating competition run by Habaneros 4 Gringos at 4.45pm.