A FESTIVAL devoted to chillis and heat returns this weekend with live music and a range of cuisines from across the world.

Now in its 14th year, the Fiery Foods Festival 2019 takes place beside the i360 on Brighton seafront until Sunday.

Alan Greene, director of Fiery Foods UK, said: “The attendance at the festival in past years has been an eclectic mix of hardcore chilli heads and food fanatics from all over the UK and beyond.”

More than 20 exhibitors and food vendors will have stalls at the event.

Mr Greene said: “Visitors can see, buy and taste a wide range of chilli products, including fresh hot food, bottled sauces and chutneys, and a variety of artisan chilli-related and spicy food products.

“The festival will showcase myriad cuisines from all over the world, including Thai, Mexican, Caribbean, Chinese and much more, always with the emphasis on chillis and spice.”

Chief among the attractions will be the infamous daily chilli eating competitions. Before they take part, competitors are warned to read up on the possible side-effects.

Mr Greene said: “At the end of each day is the notorious, not-to-be missed chilli eating competition, where volunteers compete to eat chillis from the mildest to the brain-numbingly hottest – and the last man or woman standing is the winner.”

Prizes include gifts and a trophy.

Those wishing to take part in the competitions can register at fieryfoodsuk.co.uk.

Musicians will be performing on the stage and activities for children are also provided.

Some of the festival’s proceeds will go towards supporting the Chilli Children Trust, a charity in Uganda which helps disadvantaged children learn how to grow and sell chillis.

Organisers hope to attract more than 15,000 visitors across the weekend. Entrance to this year’s festival is free.