2014 Weekend of Fire

Weekend of Fire

Once again, the Weekend of Fire promises to be filled with wild and fiery fun that only Jungle Jim’s could ignite! Join other chiliheads, hot food makers, and fiery food lovers for the festivities on October 4th and 5th at the Oscar Event Center in Fairfield.

For this weekend only, you can sample and purchase foods from all over the country at our Fiery Food Show! Hot and fiery or mild and meek; you choose your favorites and can buy enough to last. Over 50 vendors and more than 300 samples will be waiting to set your mouth on fire. But there’s more than just hot sauces. BBQ sauces, salsas, rubs, mustards, and all sorts of spicy foods are just a small sampling of the tasty treats available.

Gather your courage and join the other brave competitors in the Arena of Fire. Hot and spicy contests will push the competitors to their limits and winners will take home prizes worthy of their contest. The intimidating Feast of Fire is the ultimate test of spicy endurance. Brave souls will be seated for a “four course meal” of increasingly volatile and formidable dishes.

Your whole family will enjoy browsing the booths and checking out the other entertainment. Stilt walkers and balloon twisters are sure to engage even the youngest of chiliheads. Love the thrill of competition but don’t have the stomach to compete? Stop by and cheer on the competitors in the Arena of Fire as they consume some of the hottest items from the show. Be sure to grab a ballot and place your votes for awards such as: Best Hot Sauce, Best Salsa, Best Booth and more.

The sauces aren’t the only wild things in this show – wait until you see the people, costumes and booths! The hot sauce community is outrageous, bodacious and contagious. Weekend of Fire is one wild weekend with hot food and cool entertainment!

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2014 Best Salsa in the World Contest

Since it was a huge hit the last 2 years at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival, (over 70 jars of salsas submitted last year), we are doing this contest once again. This time we are joined by Ken Alexander from www.FieryWorld.com who has graciously agreed to take my place at the event since I can not be there. Since he did a bang-up job at the Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo, I know he will carry that professional approach to this contest as well. Thanks Ken! That is not all folks, James Beck from iBurn has agreed to add to the prize for the winners. All 3 first place winning salsas in their respective categories will be bought to sell at their brick and mortar and online stores. That is a huge bonus beyond just the trophies we provide. James will also be a judge, so if he tastes something he loves, he just might be looking to add those salsas as well. So you people who can’t make the festival, can still be able to experience a little of the best salsas in the land through iBurn! Thanks so much James for being a valuable partner with us this year.

The most important factor in this salsa contest is to raise money for the Snowdrop Foundation which helps with Children’s Cancer research and support.

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2014 World Hot Sauce Awards Winners

World Globe

Straight from the Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo comes the 1st annual World Hot Sauce Awards with one of the coolest trophies ever created for this industry. Check her out..

World Hot Sauce Award

Pretty isn’t she? A big thank you goes out to Dana Romero for allowing me to post these results as soon as the awards dinner was over. Another huge thank you goes out to our own Ken Alexander of www.FieryWorld.com for formatting the results for us. Kudos to you both. I want to also congratulate all the winners and thank all the entries for supporting these great awards. It is very hard to not only put on a 1st year event, but also bring in a whole new award to the community. Dana has worked hard on this event, and we here at ILIS hope it is a very successful show for the ages. Much success to all the vendors and sponsors who are putting in their trust in Dana. Now let us get to the winners…

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Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo: Vendor & Sponsor List


Vendors – State:

Hot Sauce Vendors:

Primos Peppers – Louisiana
Humboldt Hot Sauce – California
Cin Chili – Texas
Southern Art – Louisiana
PuckerButt Pepper Company – South Carolina
Valtoro Hot Sauce – Texas
Crazy Good Sauce – Mississippi
Woopy’s Hot Sauce – Quebec, Canada
Red’s Texas – Texas
CaJohn Fiery Food – Ohio
Dog Gone Sauce – Florida
Bourbon Street Bad Hot Sauce – Texas
Russell’s Cajun Sauces- Louisiana
NW Elixirs – Oregon
Frog Bone Sauces – Louisiana
Jungle Heat Hot Sauces of Canada and Costa Rica. – Quebec, Canada
Volcanic Peppers – Nebraska
HellFire Hot Sauce – Illinois
Feisty Parrot – Florida
High Octane Sauce Company – Texas
D. A. T. Sauce – Louisiana
Bravado Spice – Texas
Jac’s Tailgating – Louisiana
Brother-In-Law Sauces – Louisiana
Mr. Saucy – New York
Gator Hammock – Louisiana
Sadie B. Foods – Texas
Dat Cajun Boy’s – Louisiana
Voodoo Chile Sauces – Virginia

Bloody Mary Vendors:

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2014 The World Hot Sauce Awards

Introducing The World Hot Sauce Awards Category Trophies. 60 of these beauties will be awarded Friday July 18 to the best in the World. There is still time to enter so let’s make this happen go to www.worldhotsauceawards.com and enter right now. If you have already entered THANK YOU and if you haven’t “What ya waitin’ for?” Entries MUST be Postmarked by July 1, 2014 regardless where you are in the world.

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21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival – Update



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2014 Oxnard Salsa Festival
21st Annual Festival
Celebrating Salsa – The Food, the Music & the Dance!
July 26-27, 2014
Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Free Admission and Parking

Oxnard, CA – Get ready to spice things up during the 21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival! One of Oxnard’s signature events, the Oxnard Salsa Festival celebrates salsa food, music and dance on July 26-27, 2014 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard.

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Investing in the new Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival

The weight of any event ultimately falls on the promoter, but there are so many factors in making an event a successful one that it can fail even if all the pieces are in place to make it a big hit. Bad weather can ruin an event or the very threat of it can crush an outdoor show. The economy is always fragile enough to discourage people from paying the admission price on something they are lukewarm in attending in the first place. Let alone getting there and just grazing and sampling at each booth, saving their money for more important things than the addition of a spicy product. What about the lack of support from the vendors? After last years two big show flops with Zestfest Midwest and Chile Pepper Extravaganza, a vendor might not feel too comfortable going to a first year show. Many of us know there was extreme efforts on the good people at Chile Pepper Extravaganza to make that show be more than it ended up being. Yet, in the end, people just did not come, and much money was lost in the investment from the promoters and th0se vendors that took the risk in supporting the show.

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NYC Hot Sauce Expo Wrap-up & Pics

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You ever feel like you were just part of something very special? Something so big, that you feel like you were more of a spectator than an actual participant? This was the case for one of the best events I have ever attended in this community, and I have been to many over the last 7 years. Was it the biggest crowd I have ever witnessed? No, the Fiery Food Show brings in more over a longer time period. Was it the biggest money spending event from a vendors’ standpoint? Probably not, but this is a 2 year old infant of a show that is only going to grow and grow if Steve Seabury and his partners keep up this standard. Mr. Seabury has not only paved a new path for where to take a show, but he is driving a tank and firing it through the normalcy that we are all used to. Free tattoos and haircuts in the VIP area? Hey this is NY, you better get used to going big because Steve only promises more amazing things at next years Expo.

Steve Seabury of High River Sauces deserves much kudos and accolades for the 2 years of mouth dropping crowds. The big difference between last year and this year is that he added a stage and presence along with it. He put the Expo on a pedestal and added a spotlight. Being a participant the last 2 years with the Fiery Pizza Challenge with Volcanic Peppers and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, there was a HUGE difference in how it was packaged to the throng of onlookers. Having a stage elevated us and having the microphone made us the center of attention. Two things we did not have last year. Then when you add in other shows main fiery contests like the Defcon Sauces’ Deathmatch and Intensity Academy’s Lollipop Lick-a-Thon, you are calling out those events to do it better. The gauntlet has been dropped ladies and gentlemen.

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Volcanic Peppers & Grimaldi’s Fiery Pizza Challenge

Fiery Pizza Trophy 2 angles

For the 2nd year in a row at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, ILoveItSpicy & Volcanic Peppers joined in with the infamous Grimaldi’s Pizzeria for an incredible, edible spicy pizza eating contest. With a little help from our friends at Puckerbutt Pepper Company we were able to obtain a camera from their documentary reporter, Jeff Howlett. Thank you very much Ed Currie and Jeff for your kind contribution. On top of that, we got some help from Ken Alexander of www.FieryWorld.com, who took the time to get behind the camera and film the contest. The crowd was great and got really into it. If you wish to purchase the Italian Spice we used in making these ultra hot pizzas, then head on over to the Volcanic Peppers website.

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2nd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo

2014 NYC Hot Sauce Expo poster

Building on the success and momentum of last year’s Expo, Steve Seabury of High River Sauces is working very hard to elevate his baby to a whole new level. From last year’s outdoor event in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to the indoor confines of the Penn Plaza Pavilion right next to the infamous Penn Station in New York City. With a bigger venue, comes bigger expectations, but Steve Seabury seems up to the task with major spots lined up for the week. Highlighted by NBC Nightly News at 7pm on Thursday March 27 & CBS This Morning Show Saturday Morning at 8am. Pulling all his media connections together Steve has the print media, Radio and TV entertainment world covered. If you look at how well the first year went, then the 2nd year is bound to be an event for the ages.

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18th Annual Indiana Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace

Drawing of the Thomas Family Winery

Hot Times Continue at 18th Annual Indiana Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace The tantalizing smells of backyard barbecue and roasting chilies will once again fill the streets of downtown Madison, Indiana, as top grillers and lovers of hot peppers flock to the 18th Annual Indiana Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace on the second weekend of April. The popular event was given a huge growth spurt last year because the host, The Thomas Family Winery, was able to double the festival space with the addition of an outdoor garden area to the property. Grills and hot pepper demonstrations were anchored by the new event sponsor, Steinhardt Heating & Air Conditioning, and their Big Green Eggs. They will return this year with two Big Green Egg tents that will allow a wide variety of demonstrations featuring everything from appetizers and entrees to desserts. “It is a joy to start the outdoor cooking season on the Big Green Egg by being part of the Hot Luck event,” said Tony Steinhardt. “There’s something about grilling outdoors that makes you feel you have total control over the tastes of the food you’re serving to your family and friends. Hot Luck has a fantastic location that gives us the opportunity to discuss cooking methods, talk to the many vendors and the public, and enjoy all of the Fiery Foods. The unique setting works very well.” Thomas Family Winery Co-Owner Steve Thomas appreciates the growth of vendors and demonstration, and especially the addition of Steinhardt’s Big Green Egg tents. “I love to see the vendors expand out there and offer even more demonstrations.” said Thomas. “The area includes a fire ring big enough to accommodate cooking a huge pot of gumbo or other fiery dish. There are also areas suitable for visitors to bring their own hibachi grills.” It is easy to spot the festival because of the popular 12 foot tall inflatable Mr. Egghead. It is a perfect photo opportunity for families with children. One of the favorite aspects of the expanded vendor area is that it allows festival goers to see “Chile Master” in action and to ask questions with experienced “Eggheads” and other Chileheads who been cooking on the Big Green Egg or making their own hot specialty dishes for many years. The event starts with a “Hot Luck” pitch-in dinner on Friday night. Saturday has a variety of hot food demonstrations provided by Steinhardt and many other chile garden and cooking vendors. There is also an amateur salsa contest, with the top prize winner being given the “Sombrero Grande.” Chefs, hat pepper farmers and grill masters will cover all aspects of the “Fiery Foods” theme, showing ways to spice up the meals with hot peppers and a variety of sauces. Titles of the presentations are not yet available, but some of those making presentations are:

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Spicy Product Makers Round Table – Part 2


Part 2 of our interview with some of the spicy product makers in our Chilehead community continues where we left off. You can see Part 1 HERE. We elevate to more serious questions in this part including new spicy trends and tips for people who want to get into this industry. Unfortunately, the drinking that began well before the interview kicked off is now starting to take it’s toll with some of our participants. As the discussion continues we begin to lose a few of our makers to outside influences. In the end, I think we touched on some great points, and hope it is well perceived to those that have put in the time to watch it.

Our round table existed of Jeremy Walsh from Bigfats Hot Sauce, Ed Bucholtz from Born to Hula Hot Sauce, Steve Seabury from High River Sauces, Chuck Evans from Montezuma Brand Sauces & Salsas, Johnny McLaughlin from Heartbreaking Dawns and Joe Leicht from Flaming Joe’s, Inc. A big thanks to them all for giving us the time to do this. As well as a huge thanks to CaJohn for letting us use his place and private meeting room to house it in.

If we are lucky enough, we will get to do this round table discussion again with some other great spicy product makers at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo next month and/or the Bowers Chile Festival in September. If you are a spicy product maker interested in doing one of these and want to get yourself a seat at the next one, please let me know. Thanks and enjoy part 2!

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