BREATHING FIRE: The contestants get ready for round three in the Yeppoon Chilli Eating competition, held at the Capricorn Coast PCYC.
BREATHING FIRE: The contestants get ready for round three in the Yeppoon Chilli Eating competition, held at the Capricorn Coast PCYC. Austin King

Hot line-up too hard to stomach at Yeppoon Chilli Festival

FANS of The Simpsons would know exactly how much Tristan Kimlin was hallucinating after he stomached one of the world's hottest chillies... filled with death and reaper paste.

He described his enduring pain as if he was "Homer Simpson walking through the desert and talking to the fox".

He said the level of heat surging through him, after he downed the world's hottest chilli on Saturday, went beyond the realms of extreme.

But he endured all that pain to become Central Queensland's chilli-eating champion after he shovelled back the Trinidad Scorpion at the Yeppoon Chilli Festival.

To put that into perspective, the Trinidad Scorpion is more than 1,000,000 heat units on the Scoville scale. A jalapeno is between 1000 and 4000 units.

The contestants had to chew and swallow several chillies in order of heat. A can of cold beer was put in front of them but they weren't allowed to let the liquid touch their lips (if they felt they needed to cool off).

Rockhampton Regional Council's promotions manager Sarah Reeves was the only woman to compete. She was one of the last competitors to bow out.

The festival was organised by local man Nathan O'Connor, in conjunction with the Capricorn Coast PCYC.

It's the second chilli festival to be held at the PCYC site in Cooee Bay, on Matthew Flinders Dr. Hundreds of people strolled through the gates on the day. One couple passing through was from New South Wales.



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