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Hey spicy food lovers get out of the house this weekend and attend the eighth annual Fiery Foods Weekend.

Mary Martineau, director of marketing for the North Market, said the festival has typically been a one-day event, but because of popularity, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday this year. The festival opens at 10 a.m. on both days and admission is free.

With this year’s added day, Martineau said more events have been added to the schedule. New events include a guacamole-making contest as well as several eating contests.

A total of four eating contests will take place over the course of the weekend, according to North Market’s website.

A fiery cornbread-eating contest is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by a jalapeno-eating contest at 3:30 p.m. Sunday’s contests will include a hot ice cream sundae-eating contest at 2:30 p.m., as well as a hot wing-eating competition at 3:30 p.m.

Those wishing to compete in the contests can register at the North Market the day of the event.

Cooking contests include a professional and amateur chili competition, amateur hot sauce competition and an amateur salsa-making contest.

Those who want to taste the entries in the chili competition can pay $5 for a ticket, Martineau said.

The North Market is providing more opportunities to sample spicy foods by offering a $12 brunch on Sunday morning. The spicy brunch will be set up as a buffet in the upper level of the North Market, and will run from 10-11:30 a.m., according to North Market’s website. READ MORE

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