As I do in all the shows that I attend, I will try to give updates when I can to those that unfortunately can not make the show. I will try my best to fill in the blanks on what has happened and what will happen when I have a chance to report in. Things might get crazy, but I am sure Scott Roberts will be twittering, Brian and Marilyn Meagher of Hot Sauce Daily/Weekly will be podcasting and Firehead Thomas will be Facebooking for those that are on his friends’ list. So if you need to know the latest you will have many choices.
From the outset when Bret Vitek who once ran the show introduced the Blogger’s Booth in the Weekend of Fire’s 2nd year, this show has become the most popular amongst all the fiery food shows for the bloggers. Maybe it has something to do with the central location, maybe it has something to do with the hospitality from Jungle Jim’s employees, maybe it is all the hot sauce, salsa and other fiery food products inside the store. Whatever the reason, bloggers are coming from all over to attend the 4th Annual Weekend of Fire.
Why do I travel 7-9 hours to this show? Camaraderie is perhaps the main reason. I have made a lot of friends over the years and to get a chance to see many of my chilehead friends in one location is something I look forward to. Making new friends each and every year, and connecting to the vendors is always a highlight.
This show marks ILIS’ 1st show as an award sponsor for not just 1 contest, but 2. The 1st is Patter Fam’s Spicy PB & J Sammich Stackdown which will kick off at 2pm on Saturday. The 2nd is Heartbreaking Dawns’ Ghost Pepper Brownie Brawl Buster which starts at noon on Sunday. You can’t find a contest like these anywhere in the country, and as the guy behind ILIS, I am so proud to be sponsoring these 2 events at the show, and the two awards I will be presenting to the winners.
Beyond these 2 events, there are so many more contests happening almost hourly at the Oscar Event center where the show takes place. There is a spicy ice cream contest with Crazy Uncle Jester and a horseradish eating contest that will be interesting to watch. Plus a bugsicle licking lollipop challenge that might be umm…interesting to say the least. There is no Intensity Academy Lick-A-Thon here this year, only the copycat version which I personally think is a shameful ripoff. I also do not feel the firecracker contest is worth watching, but who knows it might get some attention.
On top of everyone’s list of things to watch is Defcon’s Annual Deathmatch Championship. A new trophy which will be unveiled at the show has Defcon’s Creator proud as a new Papa. As soon as I have a chance to take a pic, I will try to get it to you. I have to utilize other’s laptops since I am too poor to own one. 🙁
Then after everything has run it’s course at the show, we will have CaJohn’s Open House and the very first Reviewer’s Cup. This is a blind taste test contest for all the reviewers wishing to be a part of it, and there should be a few that will. The Open House has also become a tradition for the weekend, and to drive all the way to the Weekend of Fire, and not drive the extra distance to CaJohn’s new Factory is something that others have regret not doing in past years. So make it a part of your trip!
I sit here the night before leaving in a bit of pain from some last minute dentistry that I had to get done today. This has a chance to prevent me from doing the Reviewer’s Cup and some of the contests. I can not chew food right now on the right side of my mouth and can not eat anything that might be too chewy and/or sticky. This is a definite downer to my weekend, but I plan on having fun regardless.
Stay with us, check back in, and I will be sure to answer your questions if you have any, when time permits. It is going to be a blast!