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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Louisiana Style Hot Sauce Award goes to…wait it’s a tie!!!

Congrats to CaJohns Fiery Foods for it’s Gwendolyn Louisiana Pepper Sauce Cayenne and Dog-gone Sauce Company Chipotle Hot Sauce the 2013 Co-Champions of the Louisiana Style Hot Sauce for the 2014 Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival.
Photo: Congrats to CaJohns Fiery Foods for it’s Gwendolyn Louisiana Pepper Sauce Cayenne and Dog-gone Sauce Company Chipotle Hot Sauce the 2013 Co-Champions of the Louisiana Style Hot Sauce for the 2014 Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival. (and the crowd goes crazy)
Top Ten results from the Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival’s 2013 Louisiana Style Hot Sauce Competition.

1st Tie CaJohns Fiery Foods Gwendolyn Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce & Dog-gone Sauce Company Chipotle Hot Sauce.
3rd Slap Ya Mama Cajun Products Slap Ya Mama Hot Sauce.
4th Susi’s Hot Sauce Hot Mess Hot Sauce.
5th Stevie Mac’s Gourmet Smokin’ Gun Hot Sauce
6th Sean’s booYah! Wing Sauces The Hammer
7th Crowley’s Hot Sauce Seeded Lava
8th Crowley’s Hot Sauce Cajed Heat
9th Poca’s Hottest’s Thomas Wynn & The Believers – Hell Fire
10th Humboldt Hotsauce – Mild.

There was 102 entries judged by 14 Louisiana Based Judges.
I will be releasing the total scores from each judge for all 102 entries in the coming days for your review.

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Buddah’s 2013 Ultimate Chilehead Roadtrip – Part 4

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September 23, 2013

The Sauce Goddess, Jennifer Reynolds and I headed from Stafford, Texas to Lafayette, Louisiana, (Home of the Ragin’ Cajuns), to meet up with Dana Romero for lunch. For those of you that do not know Dana Romero, he is the man in charge of creating the 1st ever Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival. He wanted to show us a good time, treat us for a nice Cajun lunch and get some feedback on the future festival grounds which will kick off on July 19-20, 2014. I have been exchanging messages with Dana for a few months, but I never had met him before. As I told you in the previous parts of my road trip, he volunteered as a salsa judge. Not only that he helped me quite a bit in adding up the judging scores of all 70 entries. With 7 judges, that is 490 scores to tabulate. I was extremely grateful for the help he gave me.

Jen and I each had our own transportation, and once Dana told us where to meet, we set off to meet at PreJeans Restaurant in Lafayette, LA. I let Dana choose my meal, as I wanted to have something Cajun and special. He hit a home run, and it was a dish I am not sure I would’ve ordered reading it from the menu. The dish was called Catfish Grand Chenier, and it one of the best meals I had on my 2 week trip. Here is the description as it is written on the Prejeans’ menu along with a picture of the dish.

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