Zestfest 2012: Updated

It is no fun staying at home and hearing about all the things we miss at one of the big spicy events for the year. Zestfest is going to be a fun experience for all those that are lucky enough to attend. Hopefully a very profitable one for those that have a booth there. I had the experience to go to Zestfest a few years back when it was still held in Fort Worth, TX and it warm September. Now it is in Winter and you can’t exactly where shorts and a t-shirt and watch the bulls walk along through the streets of the Stockyards. There is a new venue, now 2 years old, and hopefully a little readier than it was last year when construction around the new Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas led to some confusion that might have kept some people away.

Hopes are very high, and we do share these hopes with the show promoters. Judy McCain Fuhrhop has been relentless on the Facebook Chileheads group page in waving the flag for the show. On Thursday she posted a message that gives me reason to have these hopes so high:

BREAKING NEWS: I just finished tabulating, scoring, and adding up approximately 5200 ballots for the 2012 Fiery Food Challenge! Want to know who won what? You’ll have to wait until FRIDAY NIGHT!!!!! (tee hee).

Friday Night it the big dinner where the Golden Chiles, (one of the most sought after spicy product awards in the entire chile world), are announced and handed out to the winners in attendance. My experience with it was one of tremendous appreciation. The support each company gives each other is quite admirable. Sure everyone wants to win, but you would not know it when you see all the smiles, back slaps and high fives exchanged between one company and another. We wish everyone good luck, and we hope that some of our close friends take some Golden Chiles home with them.

I wish I was there, but our reviewers Ken Alexander and Scott Roberts will be in attendance and reported back to us with some of the happenings. Check in with Scott on his site www.ScottRobertsWeb.com to see if he has anything fresh to announce. Ken will be getting us some exclusives at the show as well, and as soon I get anything I will bring it to you lickity-split. Here are the show details if you are in the neighborhood and wish to attend.

Dates:
Friday, January 27, 2012 10:00-1:00 TRADE ONLY
Friday, January 27, 2012 1:00-7:00
Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:00-6:00
Sunday, January 29, 2012 10:00-5:00

Place:
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
500 W Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039

Contact:
Gregory Bagarozy
845.661.3616
pducerp@earthlink.net
Tickets will be available at the Convention Center Box Office.

Sneak-peak of the show

 

***Thanks to Judy Magouirk Furhhop for sending me the Winners list from the 2012 Fiery Challenge:

Snack: Pickles – Consumer Ready
1st Conscious Choice Foods – Harolds 4X
2nd The Backyard Grill – Mee Maw’s Spicy Pickles
3rd Conscious Choice Foods – The Original Beer Pickle
Snack: Pickled (Other) – Consumer Ready
1st Best of Texas – Candied Jalapenos
2nd Zukali Mexican Gourmet – Fire Roasted Jalapenos
3rd Silverleaf International – Marinated Garlic w/Ghost Peppers
Snack: Prepared Dip (Mild/Medium) – Consumer Ready
1st Garden Fresh Gourmet – Gourmet Guacamole Mild
2nd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Spinach Avacado Dip
3rd Garden Fresh Gourmet – Margaritaville Mango Dip
Snack: Prepared Dip (Hot/XHot) – Consumer Ready
1st Garden Fresh Gourmet – Artichoke Spinach 4 Cheese Dip
2nd Garden Fresh Gourmet – Gourmet Guacamole Zesty
3rd Garden Fresh Gourmet – Mexicali Dip
Snack: Salty – Consumer Ready
1st Pam’s Market Popcorn – Painful Purgatory Pepper Popcorn
2nd Jungle Heat – What Was I Thinking?
3rd Pam’s Market Popcorn – Jacked Caramel Apple Popcorn
Zesty Sweets: Candy or Chocolate – Consumer Ready
1st Mary of Puddin Hill – Texas Hot Lava
2nd Madison Chocolatiers West – Scorpion Stinger Caramel
3rd Chocolates by George/Zack & Zanes – Skyrocket in Flight
Zesty Sweets: Dessert Sauce (Mild or Medium) – Consumer Ready
1st Sean’s BooYah! – Key West
2nd Rafter 7S – Holiday Glaze
3rd Rafter 7S – Strawberry Jalapeno Glaze
Zesty Sweets: Dessert Sauce (Hot or X Hot) – Consumer Ready
1st Bonfatto’s Wing Sauce & Marinades – Razz Hab
2nd Benitto’s Hot Sauce – Habanero Infused Pure Vermont Maple Syrup
3rd Sean’s BooYah! – Christmas Island Hot
Fresh Salsa: (Mild) – Consumer Ready
1st Garden Fresh Salsa – Jack’s Special Mild
2nd Garden Fresh Salsa – Artichoke Garlic
3rd Garden Fresh Salsa – Fire Roasted Vegetable Mild
Fresh Salsa: (Medium) – Consumer Ready
1st Garden Fresh Gourmet – Chipotle Garlic Medium
2nd Spring Bayou Foods – Tomato Chipotle
3rd Cita’s Salsa, LLC – Garden Green
Fresh Salsa: (Hot) – Consumer Ready
1st Garden Fresh Gourmet – Gourmet Scotch Bonnet
2nd Cita’s Salsa, LLC – Red Rage
3rd Garden Fresh Gourmet – Screamin’ Hot
Fresh Salsa: Fruit – Consumer Ready
1st Garden Fresh Salsa – Five Fruit Salsa
2nd Spring Bayou Foods – Kiwi Fruit
3rd Cita’s Salsa, LLC – Mango Pina
Fresh Salsa: Exotic Blend – Consumer Ready
1st Lucky Habanero Salsa – Private Reserve 1925 San Blas
2nd Garden Fresh Salsa – Fire Roasted Vegetable Salsa Medium
3rd Garden Fresh Salsa – Tomatillo Salsa Fresca
Cook Off: Chili Con Carne
1st Pecos Red Products – Pecos Red Chili Mix
2nd Devil’s Breath Chili Company – Devil’s Breath Chili
3rd Capt Thom’s Chili Pepper Company – Capt Thom’s New Mexico Chili Mix
Cook Off: Desserts & Baked Goods
1st Mary of Puddin Hill – Texas Hot Lava Pie
2nd Devil’s Breath Chili Company – Bread & Butter Cornbread
Cook Off: Dip/Salsa Mix
1st SuckleBuster’s, Inc – SuckleBuster’s Salsa Fixins Hot
2nd SuckleBuster’s, Inc – SuckleBuster’s Salsa Fixins Mild
3rd SuckleBuster’s, Inc – SuckleBuster’s Salsa Fixins Medium
Cook Off: Dry Seasoning/Rub
1st Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co. – Woody’s Bar-B-Q Dry Run & Seasoning
2nd Tango Spice Company – Southwest Sunset
3rd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Pineapple Chipotle
Cook Off: Table Seasoning (Mild or Medium)
1st Pepper Palace, Inc. – Garlic Herb
2nd Pepper Palace, Inc. – The Big Easy
3rd Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire – Green Chile
Cook Off: Table Seasoning (Hot/XHot)
1st Volcanic Peppers – Volcanic Dust 2
2nd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Tasty Dead Cow Shake
3rd Twang Partners – Cliente 86 Hot Lime Salt
Cook Off: Asian Seasoning or Marinade
1st Sean’s BooYah! – Bali
2nd Sean’s BooYah! – Buffayaki
3rd Zach’s Zombie Sauces – Zach’s Marinades
Cook Off: Jerk Seasoning or Marinade
1st Sun Pony, Inc. – Shak Shak Gourmet Jerk Sauce
2nd Cayman Spice Co. – Cayman Spice Tropical Jerk Seasoning
3rd Nashville Jerk – Nashville Jerk Sauce
Cook Off: Wing Sauce (Mild)
1st Honeyblaze LLC – Honeyblaze Original
2nd Sean’s BooYah! – Not So Hot
3rd Sean’s BooYah! – Buffayaki
Cook Off: Wing Sauce (Medium)
1st Buen Apetito, Inc. – Buen Apetito Wing Sauce
2nd Jungle Heat – Mango Heat
3rd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Wing Master Parmesann
Cook Off: Wing Sauce (Hot)
1st Honeyblaze LLC – Honeyblaze Hot
2nd Sean’s BooYah! – The Creeper
3rd Bonfatto’s Wing Sauce & Marinade – Fire in the Hole!
Cook Off: Wing Sauce (X Hot)
1st Sean’s BooYah! – The Hammer
2nd Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning – Chipotle Habanero
3rd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Death by Wings
Beverage: Bloody Mary Mix
1st Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning – Bloody Mary Chilies & Peppers
2nd Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning – Extra Horseradish
3rd Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning – Chipotle Habanero
Beverage: Margarita Mix
1st Wine-A-Rita – Skinny Senorita
2nd Mateo’s Gourmet Foods – Mateo’s Gourmet Margarita Mix
3rd Twang Partners – Margaritaville Sweet & Salty Lime Margarita
Marketing: Label
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Sancto Scorpion
2nd Pangean Foods, LLC – Chantico Pepper Sauce
3rd Intertwined Swine – Hot and Horny
Marketing: Logo
1st One Screw Loose – One Screw Loose
2nd The Backyard Grill – Triple Dog Dare Ya
3rd Jungle Heat – Jungle Heat
Marketing: Product Package
1st Twang Partners – Caliente 86 Hot Lime Beer Salt Clip Strip
2nd Garden Fresh Gourmet – Margaritaville Restaurant Style Chips
Marketing: Gift Package
1st Wine-A-Rita – Mix it Up
2nd Chef Silvio’s of Wooster St. – Chef Silvios 3 pack Gift Box
3rd Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Caboom! Gift Package
Best New Product Marketed after January 1, 2011 – Consumer Ready food
1 – Mother Shucker’s Tamales – Spicy Pork Tamales
2 – Mary of Puddin Hill – Texas Hot Lava Pie
3 – Duke & Baron’s All American – Cocoa Hawaiian BBQ Sauce
Barbecue Sauce: Alcohol Infused – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods – Apple Smoked Spice Rum
2nd Cajohn’s Fiery Foods – Mesquite Smoked Raspberry Vodka New Mexico
3rd Cajohn’s Fiery Foods – Bourbon Street Smoky Bourbon
Barbecue Sauce: Bourbon Infused – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods – Bourbon Street Fiery Bourbon
2nd Cajohn’s Fiery Foods – Bourbon Street Smoky Bourbon
3rd Buen Apetito, Inc. – Buen Apetito Bourbon Chipotle BBQ Sauce
Barbecue Sauce: Cayenne – Consumer Ready
1st Grumpy’s Foods – Grumpy’s Private Reserve Bold XX
2nd Cerniglia Enterprises, LLC – Russ and Frank’s Fiery
3rd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Mountain Q Cayenne Spicy BBQ
Barbecue Sauce: Chipotle – Consumer Ready
1st Pepper Palace, Inc. – Mountain Q Chipotle Medium BBQ
2nd Buen Apetito, Inc. – Buen Apetito Chipotle BBQ Sauce
3rd Patter Fam Sauces – Pawpaw Chipotle Sauce
Barbecue Sauce: Habanero – Consumer Ready
1st Pepper Palace, Inc. – Mountain Q Honey Habanero BBQ
2nd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Jolokia X Hot BBQ
3rd Rick’s Test Kitchen – A Woman’s Scorn Hot Pepper BBQ Sauce
Barbecue Sauce: Southwest – Consumer Ready
1st Fischer & Weiser Specialty Foods, Inc. – Texas Pit BBQ Sauce
2nd Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Mesquite Smoked Raspberry Vodka New Mexico
Barbecue Sauce: Pepper Blend – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Trinidad Scorpion BBQ Sauce
2nd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Mountain Q Cracked Pepper Mild BBQ
3rd Grumpy’s Foods – Grumpy’s Private Reserve “Black Label”
Barbecue Sauce: Fruit Based – Consumer Ready
1st Pepper Palace, Inc. – Blueberry BBQ
2nd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Cinnamon & Apples
3rd Reva Foods, LLC – Dennis’ Cherry Habanero BBQ Sauce
Barbecue Sauce: Mustard Based – Consumer Ready
1st Sam Dog Barbecue – Sam Dog Barbecue Yellow Dog
2nd Texas Creek Products – Texas Creek Chipotle BBQ Sauce
3rd Broken Trail Foods, LLC – Broken Trail Spicy BBQ Sauce
Barbecue Sauce: Molasses Based – Consumer Ready
1st Grandville’s Gourmet BBQ Sauces, Inc. – Grandville’s Original Spicy BBQ Jam
2nd Reva Foods, LLC – Dennis’ Sweemotle BBQ Sauce
3rd Bonfatto’s Wing Sauce & Marinade – Apple Pepperjack
Barbecue Sauce: Tomato Based – Consumer Ready
1st Pepper Palace, Inc. – Mountain Q Hickory Mild BBQ
2nd Galloway Gourmet Foods – Russ and Frank’s Sassy
3rd Viper Sauce, LLC – Viper Sauce Devil’s Butt
Barbecue Sauce: Vinegar Based – Consumer Ready
1st SuckleBuster’s, Inc – SuckleBuster’s Original
2nd Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co. – Woody’s Original Hot Bar-B-Q Sauce
3rd Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co. – Woody’s Original Mild Bar-B-Q Sauce
Barbecue Sauce: Asian Style – Consumer Ready
1st Captain Thom’s Chili Pepper Co. – Captain Thom’s Thai Monkey
2nd Sean’s BooYah! – Bali
3rd Sean’s BooYah! – Buffayaki
Barbecue Sauce: Low Carb – Consumer Ready
1st Grumpy’s Foods – Grumpy’s Private Reserve “Goodnight Loving”
2nd Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co. – Woody’s Marinade & Baste
Barbecue Sauce: Finishing Sauce – Consumer Ready
1st Duke & Baron’s All American – Caramel Bourbon Glaze (SBRS)
2nd Sean’s BooYah! – Bali
3rd 3 a.m. Bobby Que Products – Apricot Bourbon Glaze
Condiments: Asian/Stir Fry Sauce – Consumer Ready
1st Intensity Academy – Chai Sweet Chili
2nd Sean’s BooYah! – Buffayaki
3rd Quaker Steak & Lube – Thaisian
Condiments: Horseradish Product – Consumer Ready
1st Pepper Palace, Inc. – Nasal Napalm
2nd Call Me Gourmet – Call Me Original
3rd Call Me Gourmet – Call Me Chipotle
Condiments: Jam/Jelly (Mild or Medium) – Consumer Ready
1st Diane’s Sweet Heat – Blackberry Habanero Jam
2nd Suzanne’s Kitchen – Heaven/Mild
3rd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Jalapeno Raspberry
Condiments: Jam/Jelly (Hot/X Hot) – Consumer Ready
1st Suzanne’s Kitchen – Hell/Hot
2nd Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire – Hablemeno
3rd Grandville’s Gourmet BBQ Sauces, Inc. – Grandville’s Extra Spicy BBQ Jam
Condiments: Ketchup – Consumer Ready
1st Reva Foods, LLC – Dennis’ Habanero Ketchup
2nd Reva Foods, LLC – Dennis’ Chipotle Ketchup
3rd The Karma Sauce Company – Tomato Kats’up
Condiments: Mustard (Mild or Medium) – Consumer Ready
1st The Karma Sauce Company – Chipotle Mustard

2nd Jac’s Tailgaters – Bayou Gold Mustard Sauce
3rd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Cayenne Garlic Mustard
Condiments: Mustard (Hot/X Hot) – Consumer Ready
1st The Karma Sauce Company – Garlic Black Pepper Mustard
2nd The Karma Sauce Company – Cold Process Mustard
3rd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Jolokia Mustard
Condiments: Relish (Sweet) – Consumer Ready
1st Sizzlin’ Sauces, LLC – Mojo’s Tapenade
2nd Carter’s Island Delites – Chutney Apple
3rd Stagecoach Salsa Company – Kickin’ Cranberry Splash
Condiments: Relish (Hot) – Consumer Ready
1st Best of Texas – Hot Pepper Relish
2nd Stagecoach Salsa Co. – Bubba’s Chipotle Black Bean and Corn Relish
3rd Zach’s Zombie Sauces & Marinades – Zach’s Sweet Pepper Chutney
Condiments: Salad Dressing – Consumer Ready
1st Minnesota Specialty Foods – Asian Infused Jamaican Jerk Mayo
2nd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries – Roasted Garlic & Sundried Tomato
3rd Race City Sauceworks – El Verde Sucio “The Dirty Green”
Condiments: Steak Sauce – Consumer Ready
1st Devil’s Breath Chile Company – Werewolf Firehouse Everything Sauce
2nd Sean’s BooYah! – Bee Stang
3rd Pangean Foods LLC – Chantico Pepper Sauce
Hot Sauce: African-Style – Consumer Ready
1st Pepper Palace, Inc. – Ghost in the Darkness
2nd Sean’s BooYah! – Christmas Island Hot
Hot Sauce: Asian Style – Consumer Ready
1st Ashlynn’s Gourmet Inc – Solomon’s Punishment Asian Nightmare
2nd Sean’s BooYah! – Buffayaki
3rd Sean’s BooYah! – Bali
Hot Sauce: Caribbean Style – Consumer Ready
1st Patter Fam Sauces – Jamaican Jerk
2nd Jac’s Tailgater’s – Jerk Sauce
3rd Dirty Dick’s Hot Sauce Company – Dirty Dick’s Hot Pepper Sauce
Hot Sauce: Latin Style – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Sancto Scorpion
2nd Pan Cali Foods, LLC – Panama Red Hot Sauce
3rd Salsa Starter, LLC – Salsa Starter
Hot Sauce: Louisiana Style – Consumer Ready
1st Captain Thom’s Chili Pepper Company – Captain Thom’s Cajun Alligator
2nd Sean’s BooYah! – The Hammer
3rd Sizzlin’ Sauces , LLC – Papa Jack’s Buffalo Hot Sauce
Hot Sauce: Cayenne – Consumer Ready

1st Race City Sauce Works – Retro Red Garlic Infusion
2nd Chili’s Fire Pit – Red Dawn
3rd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Garlic & Pepper Fusion
Salsa: Hot – Consumer Ready
1st Pepper Palace, Inc. – Ghost Pepper
2nd La Famalia Salsa – Red Salsa
3rd El Loco Gringo – Sweet Apple Harvest Natural Fruit Salsa Hot
Salsa: X Hot – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Picante Sauce X Hot
2nd Half-Breed Salsa – Nosebleed
3rd Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Jolokia Salsa 10
Salsa: XXX Hot – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Cajohn’s Trinidad Scorpion
2nd Curt’s Salsa – Curt’s Triple Hot Salsa
3rd Silverleaf International – Ghost Pepper Salsa
Salsa: Bean & Corn – Consumer Ready
1st Stagecoach Salsa Company – Bubba’s Chipotle Black Bean & Corn
2nd Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Cajohn’s BBC Hot
3rd Treehouse Foods – Roasted Pepper with Black Beans & Corn
Salsa: Chipotle Mild – Consumer Ready
1st Stagecoach Salsa Company – Stagecoach Smoke & Fire Salsa
2nd Curt’s Salsa – Curt’s Black Bean Chipotle Salsa
3rd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries – Spicy Chipotle Pepper & Smoked Corn Salsa
Salsa: Chipotle Medium – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Cajohn’s Raspberry Chipotle
2nd Treehouse Foods – Tomato & Chipotle Roja Salsa
3rd Curt’s Salsa – Curt’s Chipotle Salsa
Salsa: Chipotle Hot – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Cajohn’s BBC Chipotle
2nd Texas Brew Salsa – Texas Brew Honey Roasted Chipotle Slow Burn
3rd Texas Brew Salsa – Texas Brew Honey Roasted Chipotle Hot Hot
Salsa: Fruit – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Cajohn’s Select Apple Pie Salsa
2nd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries – Lime Mango
3rd Treehouse Foods – Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Salsa: Exotic Blend – Consumer Ready
1st El Gringo Loco Micro Salsaria – Flame Grilled Veggie Natural Garden Salsa
2nd Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Cajohn’s Select Apple Pie Salsa
3rd Treehouse Foods – Chunky Habanero Salsa Hot
Salsa: Pepper Blend – Consumer Ready
1st Texas Brew Salsa – Texas Brew Hot Iron Habanero
2nd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries – Jalapeno Salsa Fresca
3rd Sweet Ed’s Salsa – Sweet Ed’s Hot
Salsa: Verde/Tomatillo – Consumer Ready
1st Treehouse Foods – Eva’s Salsa Verde #2
2nd Treehouse Foods – Roasted Salsa Verde
3rd Race City Sauceworks – The Dirty Verde
Snack: Cheese (Mild or Medium) – Consumer Ready
1st Garden Fresh Gourmet – Cream Cheese Dip
2nd Garden Fresh Gourmet – Artichoke Spinach 4 Cheese Dip
3rd Garden Fresh Gourmet – Mexicali Dip with Cheddar
Snack: Tortilla Chips – Consumer Ready
1st Garden Fresh Gourmet – Original Tortilla Chips
2nd Food Should Taste Good – “Jalapeno” Tortilla Chips
3rd Food Should Taste Good – “Hatch Chile Flavor” Tortilla Chips
Snack: Chips (Other) – Consumer Ready
1st Garden Fresh Gourmet – Margaritaville Restaurant Style Chips
2nd Garden Fresh Gourmet – Chipotle Pita Chips
3rd Garden Fresh Gourmet – Spicy Pita Chips
Snack: Jerky (Mild or Medium) – Consumer Ready
1st The Beef Jerky Emporium – Beef Jerky Emporium Beef Jerky
2nd Stagecoach Salsa Company – Mesquite Smoked Beef Jerky
3rd Stagecoach Salsa Company – Mesquite Smoked Turkey Jerky
Snack: Jerky (Hot or X Hot) – Consumer Ready
1st Stagecoach Salsa Company – Hot & Spicy Beef Jerky
2nd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Tasty Dead Cow
3rd Stagecoach Salsa Company – Hot & Spicy Turkey Jerky
Hot Sauce: Chipotle – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Happy Beaver
2nd The Karma Sauce Company – Smokey Karma Sauce
3rd Duke & Baron’s All American – Smoke Blueberry Chipotle
Hot Sauce: Fruit Based – Consumer Ready
1st Jungle Heat – Mango Heat
2nd Captain Thoms’ Chile Pepper Company – Captain Thom’s White Zombie
3rd Red Hawk Premium Peppers – B3 Hot Sauce
Hot Sauce: Habanero – Consumer Ready
1st Sizzlin Sauces, LLC – Spittin’ Fire Hot Sauce
2nd Buen Apetito, Inc. – Jalisco Hot Ginger
3rd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Apple Smoked Habanero
Hot Sauce: Bhut Jolokia – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Cajohn’s Happy Beaver
2nd Pepper Palace, Inc. – Ghost Pepper
3rd Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Cajohn’s Angry Cock
Hot Sauce: Pepper Blend – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Cajohn’s Happy Beaver
2nd The Backyard Grill – Triple Dog Dare Ya
3rd Jungle Heat – Madness
Hot Sauce: Mild – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Yabo’s Lip Smackin’ Chipotle
2nd Dixie Heat – Dixie Delight
3rd The Karma Sauce Company – Smokey Karma Sauce
Hot Sauce: Medium – Consumer Ready
1st Bonfatto’s Wing Sauce & Marinade – Original
2nd Quaker Steak & Lube – Haute Parmesan
3rd Dirty Dick’s Hot Sauce Company – Dirty Dick’s Hot Pepper Sauce
Hot Sauce: Hot – Consumer Ready
1st Ladybird & Friends Hot Sauce – Zeus, King of Heat
2nd Pangean Foods, LLC – Chantico Pepper Sauce
3rd The Karma Sauce Company – Bad Karma Sauce
Hot Sauce: X Hot – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Sancto Scorpion
2nd Sean’s Booyah! – The Hammer
3rd Race City Sauce Works – 98 Octane Ghost Pepper Reserve
Hot Sauce: XXX Hot (NO extract) – Consumer Ready
1st Race City Sauce Works – Pandora
2nd Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Trinidad Scorpion
3rd Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Cajohn’s Angry Cock
Hot Sauce: Ultra Hot – Consumer Ready
1st Cajohn’s Fiery Foods Company – Cajohn’s Angry Cock
2nd Jungle Heat – The Hottest We’ve Got
3rd Jungle Heat – Madness
Prepared Foods: Main Dish – Consumer Ready
1st Mother Shucker’s Tamales – Spicy Pork Tamales
2nd Enchiladas Ole – Savory Enchiladas Ole Sauce
3rd Texas Chili Company – Famous Texas Chili
Prepared Foods: Pasta Sauce (Mild or Medium) – Consumer Ready
1st Chef Silvio’s of Wooster St. – Sunday Sauce
2nd Chef Silvio’s of Wooster St. – Fra Diovolo Sauce
3rd Chef Silvio’s of Wooster St. – Capricciosa Sauce
Prepared Foods: Pasta Sauce (Hot/ X Hot) – Consumer Ready
1st Patter Fam Sauces – Arribiata Sauce
2nd Sean’s BooYah! – Bali
3rd Pastabilities Unlimited – Sorrisos Spicy Red Pepper Gourmet Pasta Sauce
Salsa: Mild – Consumer Ready
1st Treehouse Foods – Roasted Sweet Jalapeno Salsa
2nd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries – Salsa Fresca
3rd SuckleBuster’s, Inc. – SuckleBuster Mild
Salsa: Medium – Consumer Ready
1st SuckleBuster’s, Inc. – SuckleBuster’s Medium
2nd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries – Jalapeno Salsa Fresca
3rd Bugtussle Burn, LLC – Bugtussle Burn Salsa

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18 thoughts on “Zestfest 2012: Updated

  • January 27, 2012 at 9:23 am
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    Good luck to all of the participants! We thought about making the 8 hour drive down to this one, but it was not to be…maybe next year. :_toastbeer:

  • January 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm
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    Thanks for the shout out, Buddah. Ken and I are going to try to get together and do something for ILIS sometime on Saturday.

  • January 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm
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    Not a problem. I look forward to whatever stuff you give us. Thanks, and have fun.

  • January 28, 2012 at 1:06 am
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    posted a couple of interviews a few minutes ago for Buddah to post Saturday. Both subjects won awards tonight!!! Murphy’s law was alive and well for me today. bad audio, trouble uploading videos this afternoon, etc etc etc, delayed me getting things uploaded. More to come tomorrow night, including a special segment with Scott Roberts and video coverage of the Lolli Lickathon! And more great chilehead interviews!!! My apologies to folks for the delays.

  • January 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm
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    Nice job, Ken. :weightlifting:

  • January 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm
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    Thanks, Thomas! and the Lolli Lickathon video was from last year. If you notice, the sign says Zestfest 2011. Just in case folks are confused!

  • January 29, 2012 at 8:44 am
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    Ken Alexander Interviews Miller Townsend of the new Award Winning Wing Sauce maker HoneyBlaze Wing Sauce

  • January 29, 2012 at 10:52 am
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    Ken Alexander & Scott Roberts with Tim Bader of Volcanic Peppers Doing an On the Spot Review of their new BBQ Sauce

  • February 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm
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    Thanks for the video guys

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