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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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

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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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Fiery Food Challenge 2016 Winners List

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These are the winners’ list from the 2016 Zestfest Fiery Food Challenge last night. I see a lot of friends that I know in the hot sauce world. I would like to congratulate them on seeing their hard work pay off. I am very happy for you all. Super congratulations to Troy Primo of Primo’s Peppers for having the Best Overall Product as seen in the picture above. It looks like he also won a Disc-It! Grill as Fiber Joe has covered in his article in November. Nice Job Troy!
Company – Product – Place

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Zestfest 2016

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Taste the BEST Spicy Food Products in the World!
SEE OUR LIST OF THE ZESTY FOLKS BRINGING YOU GREAT FLAVORS AND FOOD FUN AT ZESTFEST… see our list of ZestFest Stars below…
Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW (save money and time waiting in line at the door) The zestiest weekend of the year and it is almost here!


Here’s the list of STARS bringing their great brands and flavors to ZestFest 2016:
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Hot Sauce Depot Announces New Hot Sauce of the Month Plus Club

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New hot sauce of the month club offers three different club types, a choice of membership lengths, and 5% off all retail orders.
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KELLER, TexasJan. 11, 2016PRLog — Hot Sauce Depot has launched their new hot sauce of the month club called the Sauce of the Month Plus Club. Hot sauce fans can choose from three different club types based on their personal taste preferences as well as select the duration of their club membership. In addition to receiving a new hot sauce each month, club members also get 5% off all retail orders online throughout their membership.

“We wanted to offer a couple options for the club since not everyone likes the extremely hot sauces,” said Rick Morris, owner of Hot Sauce Depot. “The 5% off discount is another perk that sets this club apart from some of the others.”

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The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Final Ballot Announcement

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The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame is back and commissioner Steve Seabury of High River Sauces will conduct the induction ceremony live at the 4th annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn, NY on April 23rd at 2 PM. This year the Hall of Fame will induct 5 people who have been very instrumental in the Hot Sauce industry. The inducted class of 2016 will receive a distinctive Red Jacket, Hall of Fame Ring and will be enshrined legendary of honors into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame.

To be eligible for the nominating or voting process, a person must operate within the fiery foods industry for a minimum of 3 years. These people also known as the Selection Committee, consists of hot sauce companies, retailers, distributors, exporters, chile pepper growers, media and restaurateurs who specialize if spicy foods and hot sauce. The Selection Committee will be polled by email from the Hall of Fame’s Senators Board in which the board will eventually narrow the Selection Committee’s ballots down to the final list to 10.

After months of debating and voting from the Selection Committee, the committee have narrowed down their final nominations to some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry.

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