The heat was turned up to maximum in Merthyr Tydfil during the weekend when some 3,500 visitors tried out some decidedly hot foods at the Awesome Merthyr Chilli Fiesta .
Now in its third year, the festival has become a firm favourite in the Merthyr Tydfil calendar of events.
Visitors to Penderyn Square enjoyed spicy foods, washed down with a chilli beer or cider. There was also a wide range of chilli-related products on offer, including sauces, rubs, jams and cheeses – all ranging from mild to extremely hot.
The festival was organised by Chilli Fest UK supported by The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil Business Improvement District (BID).
And while Saturday was an important date in the sporting calendar with Wales taking on New Zealand in the rugby and Slovakia in the Euro 2016 football tournament, it didn’t affect visitor numbers.
“We were fortunate to be open in the gap between two major sporting events with the All Blacks game and then the football. It proved an ideal way to fill the hours in between and it was great to see so many families come along too,” said Antonia Pompa, BID Co-ordinator.
The next big event for The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil is the Merthyr Food Festival on Saturday, July 16, when food stalls, tasty cooking demos, delicious local produce, street entertainment and an all new family food zone will be the order of the day.