This outdoor chile show is held in Bowers, PA, which is towards the southeastern part of PA near Allentown. I went to this event 2 years ago amidst a tropical storm that was once a hurricane. It wasn’t the smartest move I have ever made since it was over a 3 hour drive for me to get there. I was bored, and I took off not knowing much about the event. Despite the mud, large puddles, and many vendors packing up because of collapsing tents full of water, I still thought it was bigger than I had anticipated. People were still milling around and some vendors happily greeted everyone.
I got soaked, but I walked away with some habaneros I had never seen before- mustard and cappuccino, plus a few products I reviewed for tastethefear.com. If you want to read what I wrote about last time, then check this out: CLICK ME
I am excited to make the journey once again. The show is Friday and Saturday, different than most shows that are Friday-Sunday or just Saturday and Sunday. I do not plan on staying both days, but you never know. Brian and Marilyn Meagher from the www.hotsaucedaily.com and Doug Spiros from www.PeppersandMore will be there on Saturday. Why not go Saturday instead of Friday? Well, I am entering the salsa contest which kicks off at 2pm Friday. 30 people enter this one, and I am curious to see how my salsa stacks up to the rest. I won at the Grillmasters Show in Columbus in May, but there were only 4 entries. So this is sure to be a true test. I have no plans to go professional even if I take first place. This batch has plenty of red habs, to give the judges a little to ponder while tasting. 😈
I was not aware the first time I went that there is a pepper field excursion throughout the day. Maybe it was under water last time. I will do some filming if it seems worthy to do so. There is a jalapeno pepper eating contest on Saturday at 4pm, for those that think they have what it takes to compete. All I remember was how fast it was, maybe 1-2 minutes long. Not a pretty site for those with tender tummies.
If you are interested please check out their website . I know Torchbearer Sauces, Heartbreaking Dawns, and Twisted Twin Salsa have all told me they will be in attendance. I hope it is a big vendor turnout. It should be fun.
The Chile Pepper Food Festival
William Delong Park
233 Bowers Rd Bowers Pa 19511
Friday September 10th, 2010
Saturday September 11th, 2010