Spicy Events

Listed below is a schedule of most of the major national and regional fiery foods trade shows, conventions, hot sauce events and chile pepper festivals in North America.  If you know of any industry

ZestFest 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018 10:00-1:00 TRADE ONLY
Friday, January 26, 2018 1:00-6:00
Saturday, January 27, 2018 10:00-6:00
Saturday January 27,2018 6:00- 8:00 Dinner at ZestFest
Sunday, January 28, 2018 10:00-5:00
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
500 W Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039
Annual spicy food show hosted by Spicy Food Productions featuring cooking demos, live music and more. For more information on booth reservations for Zestfest 2017 or entries into the Fiery Food Challenge, please contact Gregory Bagarozy at 845-661-3616 or pducerp@earthlink.net.
www.zestfest2011.com If the website changes it should take you to the new one.

30th Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show
March 2, 2018 to March 4, 2018 hosted by Sandia Resort and Casino, I-25 and Tramway NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Friday, March 3
11am-4pm, trade only
4pm-8pm, trade and general public
Saturday, March 4
9am-11am, trade only
11am-7pm, trade and general public
Sunday, March 5
9am-11am, trade only
11am-6pm, trade and general public
For more information, call Emily DeWitt-Cisneros at 505-873-8680.

Clayton Crab Company’s 5th Annual Cajun Festival
Saturday March 11, 2017 – 10am-5pm
5775 S US Highway 1
Rockledge, FL 32955
Phone: 321-639-0161
Email: claytoncrabjenna@cfl.rr.com
Facebook Page: CLICK ME
There will be lots of food vendors, arts and crafts, kids area, car show, and so much more. There is also lots of vendors promoting their sauces from mild sauces to hot sauces and salsas. There is also the Porch Dogs, a Cajun/Zydeco band playing live music.

10th Annual Pinella’s Pepper Fest
Saturday April 8, 2017 – 10am til 5pm
Sunday April 9, 2017 – 11am til 4pm
Held at the England Brothers Band Shell Park
5010 81st Avenue
Pinellas Park, FL 33780
Phone: 727-423-8433
Hosting an amateur salsa competition and Intensity Academy’s Lick-a-Thon Lollipop licking contest. Plus live music and other fun.
Website: www.pinellaspepperfest.com

Cajun Hot Sauce Festival
Acadiana Fairgrounds SugArena
713 Northwest Bypass (Hwy. 3212)
New Iberia, LA 70560
April 8 – 10, 2016
SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds
713 Northwest Bypass (Highway 3212)
New Iberia, LA 70560
Facebook: CLICK ME
Includes the World Championship International Hot Sauce competition

The 21st Annual Indiana Hot Luck & Fiery Foods Marketplace
April 7-9, 2017 at the Thomas Family Winery in Madison, Indiana.
Hot Luck on Friday 7pm-??? is where people bring a spicy dish to the event to share with each other.
On Saturday from noon-6pm they have a marketplace with vendors and cooking demos.
Sunday is the newest annual event, the Chileheads Sunday Brunch featuring spicy foods prepared by the flamboyant Hoboken Eddie!
For more information contact winery owner Steve Thomas at 1-812-273-3755 or for their website:

NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2017
April 22-23, 2017
Saturday April 22, 2017 10am-7pm
5pm is the Screaming Mi Mi Awards Presentation
Sunday April 23, 2016 10am-6pm
2pm is the Bloody Mary Mix Down
Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Contact: Steve Seabury – seabury32@optonline.net

Berks Pepper Jam
May 26,2017 4pm to 10pm
May 27, 2017 11am to 7pm
94 Park Avenue
Sinking Spring, PA 19068
Family Fun, Entertaining, Educational & Mouth Watering. Experience for all! There will be amateur salsa and chili judging as well as People’s Choice Award for the best hot sauce.
$5.00 Admission Per-Person – 15 & under are FREE
FREE Parking – Special Section for Handicap Parking
Facebook: CLICK ME

4th Annual Hop Sauce Fest
June 3rd, 2017 12pm-7pm at Beach Haven, NJ
Address of event:
Taylor Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008 (at the Ballfield behind Bay Village)
Regina Lotito, Spice It Up
Email: info@hopsaucefest.com OR regina@spiceituplbi.com
Phone: 609-492-1240
Facebook: CLICK ME
contact for info@hopsaucefest.com or regina@spiceituplbi.com
A gathering of craft beer and spice enthusiasts. There will be live music, kid activities, and it is at the bay and 2 blocks from the beach. More information will be forthcoming including website. Contact: regina@spiceituplbi.com

Summer Feast Food & Music Festival
The “Summer Feast” is a 3-day event held in Sun Prairie, WI from June 24th-June 26th and features The Fiery Foods Festival, a The World Food Fest and the highlight of the weekend, an all-inclusive Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest featuring numerous “Bacon-themed” foods, hundreds of craft beers and plenty of smoky BBQ. Held on an 8 acre event area and featuring 9 bands on 3 stages, attendance is expected to top 10,000 people with Saturday’s event to exceed 4,000.
THE BACON, BREW & BBQ FEST (3rd annual)
Contact: cassidy@spefoody.com Phone: (240) 479-5400 OR alank@spefoody.com (240) 401-0973

5th Annual NY Smoke and Fire Food Fest
July 15-16, 2017 at German Masonic Park, Tappen NY
The Hudson Valley’s annual spice-inspired food & music fest featuring some of the greatest food vendors and best hot sauces on the East Coast!

2nd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
July 16-17, 2016
Rainbow Lagoon
East Shoreline Dr
Long Beach, CA 90802
The California Hot Sauce Expo will feature some of the most insane, craziest eating challenges you have ever witnessed. We will host the Margarita Mix Down, The Guinness Book of Records Carolina Reaper Eating Contest and many other spicy related events.
Email: info@cahotsauceexpo.com or steve@highriversauces.com

24th Oxnard Salsa Festival
July 29-30, 2017 (11am-7pm) – Plaza Park, Oxnard, CA
Plaza Park is between Fifth and “B” Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard.
This annual event is everything “salsa” – the food, the music and the dance. Spicy food, contests, and lots of entertainment. Event highlights include Main Stage entertainment with the region’s
hottest Salsa and Latin Jazz bands; the Salsa Tasting Tent, featuring over 50 different
salsas; an eclectic vendor marketplace; authentic international foods; kids zone
attractions, a salsa recipe contest and more. Event admission and parking are free. Main
stage seating is just $5.
website: www.oxnardsalsafestival.com
Contact Info:
Email: vendorapps@oxnardsalsafestival.com
Phone: 805-535-4060

Chicago Hot Sauce Fest
July 25th-26th, 2015 – Outdoor Festival in it’s first year and not to be confused with the next festival listed which is an indoor event. Information is coming early into January and we will update as soon as we get it. In the mean for more information please contact:
Adrian Gutierrez by
phone: (773) 236-0493
email: ChicagoHotSauceFest@gmail.com

Portland Hot Sauce Expo
August 5-6, 2017
Hot Sauce, Craft Beers, Spicy Foods & Wrestling. What else could you ask for?
OMSI Bridge Lot
1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Email: info@pdxhotsauceexpo.com
Website: http://www.pdxhotsauceexpo.com/

27th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Sunday, August 26, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
Fiesta Gardens
2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.
Austin, Texas 78702
Popular regional festival, featuring vendors, contests, music and more.
Contact Info:
Sarah K. Wolf
Marketing Director
The Austin Chronicle
Phone: 512.454.5766
Website: austinchronicle.com

46th Annual Hatch Chile Festival
Sept 2 – Sept 3, 2017 – Hatch, NM
The large spicy foods festival which boasts over 30,000 annual visitors from all over the United States every Labor Day Weekend (Saturday & Sunday only)
Contact Info:
Tina Cabrales: 575-267-1095
Miguel Silva: 575-993-9393
Website: www.hatchchilefest.com

2017 National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival
Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, Sept. 2nd, 2017 – 12pm–9pm
Sunday, Sept. 3rd, 2017 – 12pm–7pm
Coca Cola Field
275 Washington St
Buffalo, NY 14203.
This is the biggest wing event in the world, and filled with a lot of events throughout the weekend. www.buffalowing.com

22nd Annual Chile Pepper Food Festival
Sept 8, 2017 – Sept 9, 2017
William Delong Park
233 Bowers Rd
Bowers PA 19511
Large festival in eastern Pennsylvania featuring eating contests and more.
Website: www.pepperfestival.com for details.

11th Annual North Carolina Hot Sauce Festival
Sept 11, 2017, 11am-4pm
Regional hot sauce festival occurring in downtown historic Oxford, NC, taking place on Main St., College St. and Hillsboro St. Come sample and purchase hot sauces, barbecue sauces, beers, wines and special foods all made in North Carolina. There is even a pepper eating contest with a $300 prize.
Website: www.nchotsaucecontest.com

NJ Taco Festival
September 12, 2015, 10am-8pm
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Augusta, NJ 07822
(646) 957-3484
A celebration of the all mighty taco. There will be taco eating contest, amateur salsa and guacamole contests, Chihuahua Costume Contest, and even Lucha Wrestling.

17th Annual I Like it Hot! Festival
Saturday September 9, 2017 – 10am til 5pm
Sunday September 10, 2017 – 11am til 4pm
Minnreg Hall
6340 126th Ave No.
Largo, FL
Regional event with hot sauces, chile peppers, contests and more.
Website: www.ilikeithotfestival.com

Pasco Fiery Foods Festival
Sept 9th, 2017, 4pm – 10:00 pm
Downtown Pasco, 4th Avenue and Lewis Street
Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to indulge in Downtown Pasco’s Fiery Foods Festival – a combination of bold flavors, exciting cultures and an explosive celebration of music, fun and food.
Phone: (509) 546-1304
Email: mgoins@downtownpasco.com

Texas Hot Sauce Festival
September 23-24, 2017
Saturday 23rd 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday 24th Noon – 5 pm
Admission is $10 in Advance, $15 at the door
Children 12 and under FREE
Bayou City Event Center
9401 Knight Road
Houston, Texas 77045
For Details contact Carol Bourge at (281) 558 – 3518 or carol@texashotsaucefestival.com
Website: www.texashotsaucefestival.com
The popular hot sauce/spicy foods show for the Houston, TX area, and one of the biggest spicy events in the country.

Easton’s 7th Annual Chile Pepper Festival
September 16, 2017 – Centre Square, Easton, PA

26th Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
SEPTEMBER 27 – Oct 1st, 2017
551 W. Cordova Road #723,
Santa Fe, NM 87505.
Phone: (505) 438-8060
Email: info@santafewineandchile.org
Website: www.santafewineandchile.org

2017 Open Fields
“Somewhere in Central Indiana” Friday September 29th through Sunday October 1st
This location is going year to year because of the impending freeway that will be eventually build through the fields. This is the Chileheads version of Woodstock. Camp out for days, and share spicy food and drink with others of your ilk. Open Campfire at night to warm your footsies. Charity Auction to be held on the 30th for Step it Up for Charity. Please come and see what you were missing!
Contact Jim Campbell for details with “Open Fields 2017” in the subject line at jim@wildpepper.com

Phoenix Chile Pepper Festival
Sept 30, 2017 5pm-11pm – LOCATION: Roosevelt Row Arts District Phoenix, AZ 85004
The Chile Pepper Festival is a local food, music & talent event hosted by Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (CDC). By presenting some of the best local restaurateurs and chefs in Phoenix, our goal is to highlight the most delicious chile pepper cuisine our city has to offer. Onsite chile roasting, cooking demos, live music, salsa dancing, activities for kids, a talent show hosted by Lawn Gnome Publishing, a Beer Garden presented by Deschutes Brewery AND a gourmet margarita station by 3 Amigos Tequila will all be on the menu! Announcement of the Festival’s best chile pepper dish winners and crowning of the year’s Chile Pepper Champion will culminate the festivities. Admission is FREE! Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Jungle Jim’s 10th Annual Weekend of Fire
October 7, 2017 – October 8, 2017
Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market
5440 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014
Phone: 513-674-6055
Website: CLICK ME
The popular hot sauce/spicy foods show for the Cincinnati, OH area. The popular hot sauce/spicy foods show for the Cincinnati, OH area. Also features Heartbreaking Dawns’ Ghost Pepper Brownie Brawl Buster and other great contests.