Preview of Zestfest Midwest 2013
Anyone who appreciates the zesty things in life is invited to indulge in a flavorful food experience June 28-30, 2013 as ZestFest Midwest brings together spicy exhibitors and tasty products from around the country for one exciting weekend in Columbus, OH. Featuring hot sauces, barbeque sauces, salsas, spices, condiments, snacks, sweets — specialty foods and beverages of all types to tantalize your taste buds.
ZestFest is the ultimate party for food enthusiasts. Produced by Spicy Food Productions, ZestFest Midwest will be action-packed! Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and delicious foods and beverages to sample and purchase will make June 28-30, 2013 the zestiest weekend of the year!
Friday, June 28, 2013 1:00-9:00
Saturday, June 29, 2013 10:00-6:00
Sunday, June 30, 2013 10:00-5:00
Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
Michael Isenberg to appear on the Zestfest Celebrity Chef Stage
Friday June 28th, 4pm
Join Mike Isenberg to open the Zestfest Midwest Celebrity Chef Stage for the I Love It Spicy ‘Feast Your Eyes On This’ award presentation and cooking demonstration.
Winner of the 2013 ‘Feast Your Eyes On This’ spicy cooking contest, Mike went head-to-head with 7 other fantastic competitors in a chilehead video cook-off. This amateur, self-taught home cook will bring his passion for all things spicy to the stage to demonstrate some of the flavors that helped secure the trophy.
Mike Isenberg is the co-owner of Wicked Cactus Sauce along with Chris Bintz, 2012’s runner-up in the ‘Feast Your Eyes On This’ challenge. Based out of St. Louis, MO, Wicked Cactus Sauce produces sauces in small batches to ensure quality, freshness, and of course HEAT! After the demonstration, make sure to stop by booth 1102 to sample all of the great products Wicked Cactus Sauce has to offer.
THE “CLUCKWING ORANGE” Wing Sauce chosen for the ZestFest Midwest Wing Contest
Saturday June 29th, 1pm
Yup, Defcon’s newest product, The Cluckwing Orange, is now available to the masses. It’s is the latest addition to our Deathmatch competition wing sauces line. It is a glorious combination of a variety of peppers, including the Trinidad Scorpion, Peri-Peri, Habanero and Cayenne. Originally unveiled at the Bowers, PA chile pepper festival on September 7th, this little gem has received numerous rave reviews thus far. This stuff packs a very healthy punch, and, in my opinion, is the best tasting Deathmatch product we’ve released so far.
Ron ‘Bumblefoot‘ Thal
Solo artist, producer & lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses will be at ZestFest Midwest
Saturday June 29th at the CaJohn’s Bumblefoot booth…..
Bumblefoot has over 20 years of releasing music, international festivals & headlining solo tours, and many ‘Album Of the Month/Year’ awards and front covers of music magazines. Bumblefoot’s latest releases were an innovative digital song-a-month series that include transcriptions and backing tracks for guitarists and recording stems for re-mixers, including a cover of “The Pink Panther Theme” featuring members of Guns N’ Roses. Lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses since 2006, Bumblefoot has toured sold-out shows in over 50 countries, headlining festivals with crowds of 150,000. Bumblefoot’s unique ‘fretless guitar’ can be heard throughout GNR’s Chinese Democracy album.
Bumblefoot has collaborated as a songwriter/producer with many artists, his music often heard in TV, film and videogames including theme songs to SpikeTV’s “MXC” and VH1’s “That Metal Show”, So You Think You Can Dance, Oprah Winfrey, ESPN, UFC, WWE, NFL, dozens of MTV/VH1 shows and more. Bumblefoot has appeared on stage with Joe Satriani, Nancy Sinatra, Blue Oyster Cult, Chris Jericho, Cyndi Lauper, and on diverse recordings with Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess, Jessica Simpson, rapper Scarface, comedian Don Jamieson and many more.
Studying music since age 7, he began teaching at age 13 and for the last 10 years has taught music production at SUNY Purchase College. He teaches master-classes at schools and venues around the world, and has been a guest music coach on MTV’s “Made”. Bumblefoot is continuously donating songs and performances to fundraising CDs, often making appearances and donating autographed items for charities. He often performs at events for medical research, disaster relief, and children’s health issues, visiting patients at children’s hospitals all over the world with guitar in hand.
Plans for 2013 include the release of Cajohns/Bumblefoot hot sauces http://bit.ly/bumblefkd and an upcoming line of Bumblefoot guitar cases.
Brimstone to Host Jalapeno Eating Contest at
Chef Demonstration Schedule
Friday June 28
4pm – Mike Isenberg, Wicked Cactus Sauces
5pm – MANBQUE
6pm – Elizabeth Lessner, Columbus Food League
7pm – Chef Ed Kowlaski, DNC Sportservice
Saturday June 29
11am – Chef Ed Kowlaski, DNC Sportservice
12pm – Robin Davis, The Columbus Dispatch
1pm – Defcon Sauces Cluckwing Orange Deathmatch
2pm – The Food Hounds
3pm – Sam Peters, Patter Fam Sauces
4pm – Chef Steve Lawrence, CaJohn’s Fiery Foods
5pm – MANBQUE
Sunday June 30
10am – People’s Choice Awards
11am – Chef Ed Kowlaski, DNC Sportservice
12pm – Chef Tom Hunt, ACF Columbus
1pm – CaJohn Hard, CaJohn’s Fiery Foods
2pm – Chefs Christopher Vehr & Danny Escandon, The Hills Market
3pm – MANBQUE
4pm – Brimstone’s Jalapeno Eating Contest
|Exhibitors ZestFest Midwest||Booth #||Company Location|
|1||Aimee’s Blue Ribbon Spices||407b||Granville||OH|
|2||All of Us||523, 622||Talluleh||LA|
|3||AquaSoles by Tri Star Medical Products LLC||521||Murfreesboro||TN|
|4||BeeLieve All Things Are Possible||623||Parkersburg||WV|
|6||Big Russ Beer Cheese||1120||Beaver Dam||KY|
|7||Bigfat’s Hot Sauce||1103||Niles||IL|
|8||Black Swamp Gourmet||1105||Toledo||OH|
|9||CaJohn’s Fiery Foods||1011, 1013||Westerville||OH|
|10||Captain Thom’s Chili Pepper Co.||513||Baltimore||MD|
|11||Children’s Hunger Alliance||1001||Columbus||OH|
|12||Chile Pepper Institute||1110||Las Cruces||NM|
|17||Dove Chocolate Discoveries||405||Garfield Hts||OH|
|18||Easy Peasy Foods||813||Troy||MI|
|20||Frankie V’s Kitchen||910||Dallas||TX|
|21||Garden Fresh Gourmet||1111, 1210||Woodstock||GA|
|22||Good Greens||507||Shaker Heights||OH|
|23||Gutter Helmet Systems||403||Pittsburgh||PA|
|24||Hammer Stahl Cutlery||723||Melbourne||FL|
|25||Health and Wellness Pharmacy||621||Dublin||OH|
|26||Hound Foods / Bumblefoot Foods||1112||Columbus||OH|
|27||Jalapeno Jeaven||1007||Royse City||TX|
|28||Jimmy Luv’s Bloody Mary Mix||1003||Wauwatosa||WI|
|29||Little Diablo Salsa||1104||Brighton||MI|
|30||Mike’s All Purpose Seasonings||1113||Clinton||MS|
|31||Mild to Wild Pepper and Herb Company||821, 920||Fort Wayne||IN|
|33||Naturally Farmed Foods, Inc||501||Powell||OH|
|34||Owens Family Foods LLC/Scotty O’Hotty||505||Dearborn||MI|
|35||Packaging Support Group||413, 512||Jonesboro||AR|
|36||Patter Fam Sauces||1005||Wheelersburg||OH|
|37||Peacock Spice Company||810||Bloomfield Hills||MI|
|38||People’s Preference Awards||411, 510||Putnam Valley||NY|
|39||Puckerbutt Pepper Company||820, 822||Fort Mill||SC|
|40||Race City Sauce Works||1107||Charlotte||NC|
|43||RJ’s Pepper Pantry||503||St Petersburg||FL|
|44||Rocky’s Hot Sauce||713||Oreland||PA`|
|45||Roger’s Honey LLC||407a||Baltimore||OH|
|46||Royal Fireworks Sauces||712||Columbus||OH|
|47||Sauce Goddess||812||San Diego||CA|
|48||Signature Productions Marketing Inc||310||Powell||OH|
|49||Smokin’ J’s Fiery Foods||1106||Chandler||NC|
|50||Spicey Rooster BBQ Co||502||Huber Heights||OH|
|51||Sweet Slap’n Salsa Company||504||McHenry||IL|
|52||The Columbus Dispatch||823, 922||Columbus||OH|
|53||The Gourmet Farm Girl||710||Delaware||OH|
|54||The Jerky Connection||720||Wrightsville||PA|
|55||The Madison Chocolatiers West||1122||Madison||NJ|
|56||The Olive and The Grape||721||Mentor||OH|
|59||Wicked Cactus Sauce LLC||1102||Chesterfield||MO|
|60||Wild Flour Bakery||711||Milwaukee||WI|