Fiery Food Challenge 2016 Winners List

Primo's Best of Product Award and prize

These are the winners’ list from the 2016 Zestfest Fiery Food Challenge last night. I see a lot of friends that I know in the hot sauce world. I would like to congratulate them on seeing their hard work pay off. I am very happy for you all. Super congratulations to Troy Primo of Primo’s Peppers for having the Best Overall Product as seen in the picture above. It looks like he also won a Disc-It! Grill as Fiber Joe has covered in his article in November. Nice Job Troy!
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Zestfest 2016

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Taste the BEST Spicy Food Products in the World!
SEE OUR LIST OF THE ZESTY FOLKS BRINGING YOU GREAT FLAVORS AND FOOD FUN AT ZESTFEST… see our list of ZestFest Stars below…
Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW (save money and time waiting in line at the door) The zestiest weekend of the year and it is almost here!


Here’s the list of STARS bringing their great brands and flavors to ZestFest 2016:
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Hot Sauce Depot Announces New Hot Sauce of the Month Plus Club

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New hot sauce of the month club offers three different club types, a choice of membership lengths, and 5% off all retail orders.
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KELLER, TexasJan. 11, 2016PRLog — Hot Sauce Depot has launched their new hot sauce of the month club called the Sauce of the Month Plus Club. Hot sauce fans can choose from three different club types based on their personal taste preferences as well as select the duration of their club membership. In addition to receiving a new hot sauce each month, club members also get 5% off all retail orders online throughout their membership.

“We wanted to offer a couple options for the club since not everyone likes the extremely hot sauces,” said Rick Morris, owner of Hot Sauce Depot. “The 5% off discount is another perk that sets this club apart from some of the others.”

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The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Final Ballot Announcement

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The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame is back and commissioner Steve Seabury of High River Sauces will conduct the induction ceremony live at the 4th annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn, NY on April 23rd at 2 PM. This year the Hall of Fame will induct 5 people who have been very instrumental in the Hot Sauce industry. The inducted class of 2016 will receive a distinctive Red Jacket, Hall of Fame Ring and will be enshrined legendary of honors into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame.

To be eligible for the nominating or voting process, a person must operate within the fiery foods industry for a minimum of 3 years. These people also known as the Selection Committee, consists of hot sauce companies, retailers, distributors, exporters, chile pepper growers, media and restaurateurs who specialize if spicy foods and hot sauce. The Selection Committee will be polled by email from the Hall of Fame’s Senators Board in which the board will eventually narrow the Selection Committee’s ballots down to the final list to 10.

After months of debating and voting from the Selection Committee, the committee have narrowed down their final nominations to some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry.

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REVIEW: Katies Snack Foods LLC – Scorpion & Scorpion XXX

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Welcome to Katie’s Snack Foods, home of the famous Katie’s Beef Jerky! We are a family business based in Hilliard, Ohio, just outside Columbus. I’m excited to share my products and my story with you. Business is booming, and I’m always eager to hear from my customers, so please Contact Us and share your feedback!

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Lenny Awards – Best Spicy Products of 2015

2013 Best of the Year Lenny AwardWelcome to the 6th Annual Lenny Awards for the best new spicy products. Some of these awards are for the best products our review teams encountered and gave the highest ratings for. Most of them are from my encounters from fiery food events, purchased online or perhaps found along the way in many journeys to and fro. The Lenny Award is named after my Father who died of Cancer on this very day back in 2010. Rather than mourn his death, I am hear to celebrate his life and how he would help total strangers in need just because he could. I am trying to do the same with the Lenny Award by given something from my heart to an industry and community that I love. The Lenny is given to my favorite products and there is no other factor involved in my choice. I don’t get a chance to try everything in due time, so some of these products might be older than 2015 when I first got a chance to try them. I have listed the names of the companies below the video that either received a Lenny Award or got an honorable mention. If you do not want to view that spoiler list, go watch the video and enjoy the moment there.

The Lenny Awards have not been purchased yet, as I will need some of the addresses of the companies I will not see at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo come April. Those companies that attend that great event will have them presented by me in person. Those that do not, will get them mailed directly to whatever address you provide me with. The video is long as I ramble a lot and I try to give each product I mention their due. The addresses below are there for a reason. I hope you will give some thought into purchasing a few of these winners. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Besides, it is the holiday season and some of these fine artisan products might still be on sale.

Thank you for your time and congratulations to all the fiery product makers for making such flavorful and delicious food enhancements.

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REVIEWS: Mr. B’s – Dragons Breath

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We are located in South St. Louis and have a micro farm producing hot peppers, cucumber & tomatoes that we sell and use to create salsa, spicy glazes, beer glazes, hot sauce and pickles. Our goal is to create fun, great tasting, healthy, clean, & spicy food. We do not use pesticides in our garden, lady bugs are the best natural pesticide. We believe everything you add to the soil comes thru your produce. We’ve always tried to invest in our community partnering with local sources to produce savory new items. Keep it simple, keep it local!!

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Happy Holidays from Chilehead Monthly

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Still dealing with the Thanksgiving Feast-Shopping-lag? You have your turkey leftovers and sides you are still munching on, trying decide if you ever want to eat like this again, right? Then all the emails that come to your inbox shoving sale after sale down your throat. Thinking that if the 2 afternoon emails from Amazon were better than the 3 from the morning. Not to mention the 20-30 since Thursday. If you have ever bought anything, you got reminded that you were a customer that needed reminding over and over again. I do not know about you, but the more I got, the less I wanted to buy from them. Even some of the small makers in our community flooded my inbox. Not just from their Facebook posts every day, but from their sale emails. Did they think I did not see the first 5?

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