ZESTFEST 2014 Preview

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Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to indulge in a fiery food experience January 24-26 2014 as ZestFest brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend. ZestFest is the ultimate party for bold and flavorful food enthusiasts. Produced by Spicy Food Productions and taking place in Irving, Texas,  ZestFest will be action-packed! Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples will make January 24-26 2014 the zestiest weekend of the year!




Friday, January 24, 2014 10:00-1:00 TRADE ONLY
Friday, January 24, 2014 1:00-6:00
Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:00-6:00

Saturday January 25,2014 6:00- 9:00 Roasted Pig, BBQ Ribs, Brisket and Beer Cooked by Eddie Deen
Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:00-5:00




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

What is ZestFest?

Texans who appreciate the hotter things in life are invited to indulge in a fiery food experience January 24-26, as ZestFest 2014 returns to the brand new Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. This will be the 10th year that ZestFest will be held in the DFW Metroplex. Promising to make this – its hottest food festival and competition yet, ZestFest 2014 brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend.

ZestFest is one of the largest events in the country that showcases the zestiest products on the market. From ‘mom & pop’ brands to industry leaders, ZestFest provides an opportunity for companies to put their wares in front of not only the consumer, but also those in the industry, including retail buyers and restaurants. In addition to the plethora of zesty products available for sampling, ZestFest offers a wide range of entertainment throughout the 3-day event.

The main stage celebrity cooking demonstrations allow guests to ask questions and get tips from the region’s most renowned chefs. Top chefs returning this year include Jon Bonnell, of Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and Buffalo Brothers, and Eddie Deen,  just to name a FEW. Visitors can watch fierce competition between gastronomic rivals or prove their gusto by participating in Wing Stops Atomic wing eating contest, which is returning this year, or the jalapeño eating contest. From live music to food competitions, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Gregory Bagarozy, the Owner of ZestFest, says, “There’s nothing like the feeling of walking the aisles of Texas ZestFest and knowing that the hottest foods on earth are all right there, ready for the sampling! I spend the whole year preparing for ZestFest—both learning about great products and increasing my tolerance for chiles—and once I’m there, I try to taste them all. As they say, it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it!”

Due to the growing demand, ZestFest is opening its doors to the public one day early on Friday, January 24th from 1pm to 7pm, as well as Saturday, January 25th from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, January 26th from 10am to 5pm. Admission to the event includes tastings, beer and liquor sampling, entertainment, as well as all the cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. Children under 10 are free. Trade Buyers are invited to come during private hours on Friday, from 10am to 1pm.


The Fiery Food Challenge

Golden Chile Award

The Fiery Food Challenge kicks off ZestFest 2014 and is the longest running, most prestigious competition of zesty products in the industry.

Produced by Spicy Food Productions  and presided over by independent VIP judges, the Fiery Food Challenge runs Tuesday through Thursday, with an Awards Dinner on Friday night.

Winners of the Fiery Food Challenge receive the coveted 2014 Golden Chile Award, plus additional benefits. Recipients are also eligible to market their winning products for the upcoming 2013 calendar year.

The Fiery Food Challenge is a competition that invites hot, “really hot”, spicy and zesty foods and fiery food-related products to be submitted by those folks vying for the prestigious Golden Chile Award – one of only two “fiery” food awards that stand out in the United States.

The tasting and the judging are “blind” – a number system is used so judges don’t know whose products they’re tasting. To maintain the integrity of the contest, the people who tally the ballots do not know which company whose scores they have. This competition is for professional food products and products must be professionally packaged for resale.

Three days of judging take place. There are two sessions daily so the judges’ mouths do not get burned out at the end of the day! There are some really, really spicy products introduced! The zesty and the fiery are mixed up so there is a variety for those hot-mouthed – or asbestos-mouthed judges!

Judges gather to challenge their senses and evaluate entries in the following categories:

  • Consumer Ready (Open and serve)
  • Cook Off (Used in mixed or cooked application)
  • Marketing (Submitted on art board)
  • Best New Product (New to market after Sept 2009)
  • Accessories (Branded merchandise)

The Golden Chile awards are presented on Friday night – and those winners will display their prizes on Saturday and Sunday so ZestFest 2014 attendees can sample the spice and zest that won the Golden Chile!

ZestFest attendees on Saturday can take part in the People’s Preference Awards – by doing their own taste tests and judging the hot, spicy and zesty salsas, sauces, dips, etc., for themselves. Those awards are announced later that day.


Exhibitors:                                                 Booth#:


All of Us 140, 142
American Laser Skincare 109
Bathfitter 116
Bath Planet 220
Bonnells Fine Texas Cuisine 524
Brand X Sauce 203
Bravado Spices LLC 243
Big Russ Beer Cheese  516
CaJohns Fiery Foods  133, 232
Call Me Gourmet 324
Carmie’s Kitchen 100
Champion Windows,Sun Rooms & Home Exteriors 138
Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire 208, 210
Chipotle Texas 600
Chiro One Wellness Centers 104
Country Snack Bucket 201
Crawfish Connection 411
Cutco Cutlery 426
Davis Mountains Nut Co. 110
Direct Buy 600
d’Marie 209
Dos Equis 520, 522
Du-West 300
Eddie Deen 607, 608
Four Diaz Vargas LLC for Swisher Xtreme 518
Frankie V’s Kitchen 321, 323
German Roasted Nuts 326
Green Mountain Energy 401
Granite Transformations 700
Grinders Signature Hot Sauces 218
Hammer Stahl Cutlery 301
Holmes Smokehouse 310
Hot Line Pepper Products 224
Hot Sauce Depot 216
Humboldt Hot Sauce 420
Irving Cares 237
It Works Global 322
Jalapeno Hotline 302
Jalapeno Jeaven 107
Jalsa Foods 336
Jananna Foods 423
Jim and Lor’s Candy Store 605
JNW Marketing Solutions 200
Ka-Ranch 400
La Familia Salsa Co. 127
Lewis Labels 340
LoveYourFeetNow.com 225
MacKees 217, 316
Mama G’s Creations 305
Mastercraft Flooring 102
McBroom’s Arizona Chile Roasters 236
Mike’s All Purpose Seasoning 233
Mild to Wild Pepper and Herb Company 101
MK Home Goods 235
MundoFox52 219
Nectar of the Vine 604
Ozark Mountain Dessert Coffee 141, 143
Packaging Support Group 425, 427
Pangean Food LLC 602
Papa Perry’s Pepper Products, LLC 202
Pastamore Oils & Vinegar 416
Pendery’s Chiles & Spices 117, 119
PepperSmack LLC 126
Phil’s Gourmet Sauces  227
Picklelicious Pickle 108
Pink Zebra 137
PuckerButt Pepper Company 317, 319
Ranchline All Natural 120
Rhineland Cutlery 327
Rib Rangers Products of Texas Inc. 211
Rodak’s 111
Rumtastic 234
S & N Food Company 309
Sadie B. Foods 304
Salinas Salsa Co. LLC 417, 419
SaSo 318
Savvy Foods LLC 601
Scentsy Independent Director 106
Scorpion Gourmet Hot Sauce 311
Silverleaf Resorts 103, 105
Smokin’ Texas Gourmet, a Red Kitchen Foods Co 609,610
Snowie of Texas 325
Sweet and Saucy Inc.  242
Sweet Ed’s Salsa LLC 132
Sweet Taste of Paradise Winery 603
Texas Chile Warehouse 332
Texas Department of Agriculture 121
Texas Toffee  342
Texas Toffee Queen 226
The Jamaican Pot 424
The Jerky Connection  303
The Wolf 99.5 701, 702, 702, 704
Timothy’s Gourmet House LLC 408
Twang Partners 526
Verizon Wireless 334
Wholesale Luxury Sheets 409
Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co 306, 308
Wyndham Vacation Resorts 134, 136
Xochitl Inc 320
Young Ideas 500
Click Here for special ZestFest Rate for vendors $69.00 per night!!


Hotel Las Colinas

110 W John Carpenter Freeway

Irving, TX 75039 US


Experience the Charm of Texas at the Wyndham Las Colinas!


Gregory Bagarozy

2 thoughts on “ZESTFEST 2014 Preview

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Hey Al: Pirate Jonny’s has submitted its new Guava Girl sauce in the running. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to attend as we are attending the Fiery Food show in Albuquerque, NM since we won awards there. Yarrr….

  • January 21, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Wow I know 2 names…. How times have changed

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