2ND ANNUAL HOT PEPPER EATING CONTEST
4-6 p.m. The Root Cafe.
There’s something really satisfying about eating a fluorescent-colored, wrinkly, weird-looking pepper that immediately engulfs your entire face in a scorching halo of jet-engine blast pain, you know? The searing, mind-erasing heat really purifies as it cuts away every other thought or worry or concern you might have had a few minutes prior.
But there’s also something satisfying about not doing that, and instead watching some other chump endure pure misery in pursuit of glory and prizes. I once watched a dude eat 45 jalapenos in 5 minutes. I know jalapenos are fairly pedestrian by the standards of today’s pepper arms race (“Whooooaaaa maaaaan, this Uruguayan silver death pepper clocks in at eleventy zillion Scoville units!”). But still, jalapenos are pretty dang hot and this dude ate a whole bunch of them. His prize? A bottle of tequila.
Now, the peppers that the fine folks at The Root Cafe and Dunbar Garden‘s Doug Pierce have lined up will be substantially hotter than good ol’ jals. The lineup starts relatively innocuously, but builds in intensity, culminating with such terrifying sounding creatures as the bhut jolokia (ghost pepper), Trinidad scorpion and the Carolina reaper.