Lenny Awards – Best Spicy Products of 2016

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Welcome to the 7th Annual Lenny Awards for the best new spicy products. Some of these awards are for the best products our review teams encountered and gave the highest ratings for. Most of them are from my encounters from fiery food events, purchased online or perhaps found along the way in many journeys to and fro. The Lenny Award is named after my Father who died of Cancer on this very day back in 2010. Rather than mourn his death, I am here to celebrate his life and how he would help total strangers in need just because he could. I am trying to do the same with the Lenny Award by given something from my heart to an industry and community that I love. The Lenny is given to my favorite new products and there is no other factor involved in my choice. I don’t get a chance to try everything in due time, so some of these products might be older than 2016 when I first got a chance to try them. I have listed the names of the companies below the video that either received a Lenny Award or got an honorable mention. If you do not want to view that spoiler list, go watch the video and enjoy the moment there.

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THE Chile Pepper Awards 2016

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NEW PRIZES THIS YEAR! RETURNING PRIZES!
Calling all manufacturers of spicy goods! Do you want your product to be seen by 200,000 chileheads? Does a full page in Chile Pepper to showcase your products sound good? What about being included in Chile Pepper’s renewal notices? An award to prove to your peers and customers just how tasty your product is?If your answer is a resounding YES!, then you need to enter The Chile Pepper Awards competition. And the good news is that there’s still time to meet the deadline of October 21.
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SauceFest Press Release

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SauceFest LLC Announces Postponement of Festival

Gourmet Food and Music Festival Postponed Until 2017
Houston, TX | August 1, 2016: SauceFest LLC (“SauceFest”) regrets to announce that the
gourmet food and music festival’s inaugural run has been postponed until the fall of 2017. The event
was originally scheduled to take place October 22-23, 2016 on the streets of East Downtown
Houston. The festival is now tentatively scheduled for October 2017.
To ensure that SauceFest 2017 brings the heat, iBurn® is working with Houston’s own Pegstar
Concerts to deliver a music lineup that only Pegstar can deliver. The 2-day festival will also feature
gourmet food products with heat levels ranging from mild to the world’s hottest, craft beer and liquor
brands, local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, and eating competitions.

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Happy Father’s Day with Guapo

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I wanted to dedicate something to my Dad being it is Father’s Day. So I went looking in the archives for the videos I made for Guapo, the Authentic Mexican Sauce. I had a lot of fun filming these videos of my friends and family trying Guapo on all kinds of things. These are just the videos I took in New York and New Jersey. This was filmed in June 2010 around Father’s Day, when my Dad who was fighting for his life in his battle against Cancer was actually doing much better after the initial chemotherapy. This was a fun set of videos we did and I wanted to share them with you. There is a small cameo of my Brother Mark, and wanted to give a shout out to him as he just had a birthday yesterday. So happy b-day Bro! I hope you enjoy the 2 videos. Happy Father’s Day to all your Dads out there!

If you are interested in Guapo, or any of their other quality authentic Mexican style sauces check out your local Whole Foods or at their website HERE.

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Hop Sauce Fest ’16 – Where Beer & Hot Sauce Collide!

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This is the 3rd Annual Hop Sauce Festival where the concept is simple, you combine a beer tasting event with a hot sauce festival.  You then add in some of the Best Jersey Shore restaurants and live musical acts and throw it right next to the beach and BAM, you got a good time for all that attend.  I was at last’s years event after hearing good feedback from some of the vendors who attended the 1st year in 2014.  It was a lot of fun, and if you like the idea of beautiful bikinis roaming around a hot sauce event, then you might want to take the drive over to Long Beach Island for this year’s fest.

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What are the 2016 Flave Awards?

You can just find out by going to their website, (http://www.theflaveawards.com/) to see what it is all about since I am pretty much copying and pasting their information right here. Well, mostly. The International Flavor Awards, LLC (IFA’s) in conjunction with the creators of the Summer Feast Food & Music Festival are excited to invite you to compete in the “2016 Flave Awards”. More about the Summer Feast below. The Flave Awards are brand spanking new to this industry, so new there is no pictures yet of what they look like with less than a month to go. They mention a glass trophy for all winners and ribbons for 2nd and 3rd place so at least that is something. There are over 50 categories with an introductory cost of only $50/entry, but with 1 free entry if you enter 3 categories at $150 and 2 free entries if you enter 5 categories at $250. That isn’t too bad to compete for something to put on display for customers to know you done right. Now here is the part I think you will like the most, so pay close attention to what you read next:

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Patter Fam Foods Now Open!

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For Immediate Release – May 16, 2016

Contact: Sam Peters, Owner, Patter Fam Sauces, (740)-352-2008 patterfamsauce@yahoo.com

Wheelersburg, OH – Patter Fam Foods, a full-service sauce co-packing facility is now
approved for acidic foods manufacturing. A subsidiary of Patter Fam Sauces, LLC, it is located in the Ohio-Kentucky-West Virginia tri-state region, in the heart of some of the richest agricultural regions in the Eastern U.S.

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4th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo – Wrap-up

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I have been doing spicy events since 2007, so you know that while I have seen many, I have also not seen them all. So my point of view can only be compared to what I have witnessed personally. I have been to 5 Fiery Food & BBQ Shows, 5 Weekend of Fire Shows, 5-6 Bowers Chile Fests, 4-5 North Market Fiery Food Festivals in Columbus, Ohio, 3 New Orleans Shows, 3 Houston Hot Sauce Festivals, and countless other venues that tried real hard to make it work. This Expo this past weekend might have been one of the best put together event that I have been too. It only rivals those Fiery Food & BBQ Shows in Albuddahquerque, NM which pull in a large attendance over a 3 day period, but I think NYC supported the vendors more because of the amount they purchased.

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2016 Screaming Mi Mi Award Results

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NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners

The NYC Hot Sauce Expo is proud to announce the 2016 Screaming Mi Mi Award winners. With hundreds of entries the winners were selected by blind taste test by New Yorks finest and brightest in the culinary industry. The panel consisted of chefs from FOX, CBS and Food Networks, Food Critics from NYC Newspapers, Bloggers, Magazines, Hot Sauce Retailers, and some of NYC’s Top Chefs. The Screaming Mi Mi Awards have been creating a large industry buzz within the Hot Sauce Community. Past winners have received features on TV, magazines, newspapers creating a profile that has lead for their product distributed by wholesalers and national retail outlets.

This year’s top honors goes out to…

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2016 NYC Hot Sauce Expo Preview

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The most trending fiery food event on the planet is back and it is this weekend at the Brooklyn Expo Center, as stayed directly above. Brought to you by High River Sauces and the man behind the event, Steve Seabury. The who’s who in hot sauce will be in attendance. Some of the finest artisan crafts men and women will be sampling out their goods while the event itself will unleash a full schedule of entertainment which includes the 2016 Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the annual Screaming Mi Mi Awards Presentation, another Guinness Book Of World Record Carolina Reaper Challenge from Puckerbutt’s very own Smokin’ Ed Currie, the Defcon Deathmatch is back after a one year hiatus, and the only food eating contest that has been a part of the Expo since it’s inception, the Volcanic Peppers & Grimaldi’s Fiery Pizza Challenge presented by yours truly, ILoveItSpicy.com. Yes, that is my baby! A big thanks goes out to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Tim Bader, my pizza partner and the man behind the heat who have kept this contest alive these last 4 years. Very excited if the defending champion Wayne Algenio will repeat as champion or will John Andrews return to his 1st year form and take back the pizza trophy. Here is da Champ, Wayne posing with his trophy:

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2016 World Hot Sauce Awards

2016 World Hot Sauce Awards
Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo, Lafayette, La.

Hot Sauce Division

Asian
3rd Mikey V’s Sweet Ghost Pepper Sweet & Hot Sauce
2nd Huffman’s Thai Sweet Chilli Aromatic Sauce
1st Tropical Spices, LLC Sing Sing Teriyaki Hot Sauce

Caribbean
3rd Todd’s Originals Llc – Inner Beauty
2nd The Trinidad Sauce Company – Original Pepper Sauce
1st Rasta Bros – Rasta Hot Sauce

Latin
3rd Samba Flavor – FeiJoaba (Fayzh-wah-duh) Hot Sauce
2nd Savage Jerky’s Mojo Habanero Hot Sauce
1st Secret Aardvark’s Habanero Hot Sauce

Indian
3rd Meier Food Products LLC – Devil’s Envy
2nd The Chilli Effect – Sting like a Bee
1st Mundi Sauce – Butternut Bomb

Louisiana Style

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