Hot Pepper Challenge

The 2023 Nampa Farmers Market

Hot Pepper Challenge

Eating Contest

Coming September 23

Winner to Take Home $300.00

Scenes from 2021’s contest

Fans of super hot, taste-bud torturing hot peppers will once again have the opportunity to test their capsaicin tolerance at the Nampa Farmers Market on Saturday, September 23.

Contestants will be lined up and given a succession of hot peppers starting with relatively mild peppers like the Jalapeno (3500-8000 Scoville Units) and Serrano (8000-23,000 Scoville Units) progressing to Habanero (200,000 – 350,000 Scoville Units), Ghost Pepper (1,000000 Scoville Units) and even hotter. (if it gets that far!)

Contestants must eat the entire pepper, holding up the bare stem when they are done.

The winner will be the person to eat the hottest pepper without quitting.

Contestants will be armed with a glass of milk should the peppers get hot enough that they quit.

The winner will be given a $300.00 prize and a bottle of Tums. Second Prize is $200.00 and third Place receives $100.00.

Each entrant receives a commemorative T-Shirt.

The contest is expected to start around 11:00 AM.

To enter, fill out the application below and pay the $30.00 entry fee.

Last year’s winner (and three-peat champ) Toby Waters has announced his retirement, so we will have a new champ this year.

Application Here

Payment Here


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