WINTER WARMER: Julie Robertson from Yeppoon Chilli Festival sponsor CQ inSight Website and Graphic Design can smell the burn in the lead-up to the festival tomorrow.
WINTER WARMER: Julie Robertson from Yeppoon Chilli Festival sponsor CQ inSight Website and Graphic Design can smell the burn in the lead-up to the festival tomorrow. Mike Knowling

Chilli explosion hits the Capricorn Coast tomorrow

A LITTLE tinkering with the lyrics and the well-known refrain "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" might serve well as Yeppoon's anthem this weekend.

Promised after the remarkable success of last year's first event, the Yeppoon Chilli Festival returns, bringing a much bigger and organisers predict much better day of celebrating everything the fiery little food has to offer.

This year, the festival has moved to the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC).

People travelled from across Queensland for the 2014 festival and are expected to do likewise in greater numbers this weekend, the highlight of which will be the second annual Central Queensland Chilli Eating Championship.

Chilli-based foods and sauces will be on sale at a large range of stalls including chilli burgers, chilli dogs, chilli jerky and chilli con carne, chilli desserts such as muffins from the Cheesecake Shop, chilli cookies and chilli chocolate.

"Last year was a hot time for all those who came along and this year's festival is going to be explosive," said organiser Nathan O'Connor, of Yeppoon.

Mr O'Connor, who devised the first chilli festival and has since organised two major "zombie run" events at Byfield and CQU, is passionate about providing new and different entertainment for the Capricorn Coast community.

"I want to give people on the Coast fun and exciting events to enjoy and, at the same time, give local businesses and not-for-profits a chance to benefit from them," he said.

HEATING UP

WHAT: Yeppoon Chilli Festival

WHERE: PCYC, Mathew Flinders Dve, Cooee Bay

WHEN: Tomorrow from 10am

ENTRY: Gold coin donation

VISIT: yeppoonchillifestival.com



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