2014 North Market Fiery Food Festival

Poster Fiery Foods WITH background

My favorite spicy food festival is back and ready to delight all those that attend. Why is this event my favorite? It is not to knock all the other great shows out there for which there are quite a few, but there is something very intimate about this festival that the bigger shows can not possibly achieve. It all kicks off Friday the 14th at the CaJohn Flavor & Fire warehouse where John and Sue Hard have their annual Open House event. Food is spicily prepared by Chef Steve Lawrence for those that want to grab a bite, and you have the full arsenal of CaJohn’s condiments at your disposal to add a kick or enhance your food. Not that Chef Steve’s food ever needs any form of doctoring.

The Open House allows for the spicy product makers vending at the festival and the chileheads going to sample, to mingle with each other in this relaxed setting. “The Wall” in the warehouse is like leaving your footprint behind for others to see on future visits. People scrawl their signatures and companies’ names and logos, and sometimes messages of their presence in this dedication to the chilehead community. If you come to the Open House, you MUST grab a marker and add your name to the lengthy list of fiery food fans from days gone by. It is all part of the tour you get from the CaJohn factory guide who will answer all your questions except for the secrets of the trade that have won them more product individual awards than any company in the fiery food business.

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2013 Fiery Foods Weekend – Cajohn’s Open House

CaJohn given my Lenny award

What has become a mainstay experience in the North Market Fiery Foods Weekend, CaJohn & Sue Hard open up their warehouse for their annual Open House. For me, it isn’t about the free, yet delicious spicy grub it is. It isn’t about the tour of the facility, been there, done that. For the newbies it is a thrill, especially the signing of “the wall”. What the open house means to me, is to just be with my friends. Simple. I go to many shows during the year. I have been lucky, but it still doesn’t make me yearn for the next show once the last one ends. Sue and John embrace us and make us feel so welcome to be a part of their lives, even if it is for a fleeting moment.

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