Zestfest Midwest 2013 People’s Preference Award Winners & Show Pics


How about some positive highlights from the Zestfest Midwest weekend. The People’s Preference Awards was voted on by the public via a very interesting computer setup. You log in your basic information, then the staff give you samples of the entries and you rate the texture, the aroma, flavor, etc. I thought it was a clever way of doing things. Once all the voting is tabulated after the Friday and Saturday shows, the winners were announced Sunday morning. Below is a list of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

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2012 Houston Hot Sauce Festival – Special Award Presentations

We finally got to give Shauna our award for winning the 2012 Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge as she was at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival to collect a couple of her prizes. One being a free booth at the festival, and the other our ginormous award. Next year she will be able to collect her free both at the NOLA Hot Sauce Show now renamed as Chile Pepper Extravaganza! Pictured with Shauna above is the man behind the show and Chile Pepper Magazine, Sir McMillan. On Shauna’s other side is show promoter extraordinaire for this Houston spicy festival, Carol Bourge. Congrats to Shauna once again for her victory.

Along with Shauna’s award presentation, I also awarded 2 more people for a Lenny Award for Contributions in the Chile Community. Last year I awarded the very 1st special awards to CaJohn Hard and Bwana Bret Vitek. For those of you that do not know, the Lenny is named after my dearly departed Dad, Leonard “Lenny” Goldenberg who passed away 12/19/10. To honor him and all the selfless things he did for others, I named the award for him. Lenny Awards are also given out in December for best spicy products of the year. So, who received the next 2 Contribution Lenny Awards? You will have to watch and find out. I will say they are more than deserving and have given much to make this chile community better. Without their contributions, our community would not be the same.

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The Hot Pepper Awards 2010

To assist in getting the word out for our friends at The Hot Pepper forum(THP), I bring to you the ever-growing The Hot Pepper Awards Official 2010 sign up notice. If you are an inspiring hot sauce company and want to get your name out there, this is a great award to start with. It carries a lot of weight in the Chilehead community and it is considered cost effective in comparison to the other renown spicy awards. So without further adieu here is the info…

The Hot Pepper Awards 2010 – Enter Now! The annual fiery foods competition, hosted by The Hot Pepper.

Why Enter?

Show the industry and consumers that you have an award-winning product. When it carries the seal of The Hot Pepper Awards, it not only signifies a win, but a win in a competition that cares about quality! How about exposure? Postings, press releases, advertising… what are you waiting for?


See the website for the category choices HERE


The Hot Pepper Award is the overall top category award. There are also…

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