ZESTFEST 2014 Preview
Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to indulge in a fiery food experience January 24-26 2014 as ZestFest brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend. ZestFest is the ultimate party for bold and flavorful food enthusiasts. Produced by Spicy Food Productions and taking place in Irving, Texas, ZestFest will be action-packed! Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples will make January 24-26 2014 the zestiest weekend of the year!
Friday, January 24, 2014 10:00-1:00 TRADE ONLY
Friday, January 24, 2014 1:00-6:00
Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:00-6:00
Saturday January 25,2014 6:00- 9:00 Roasted Pig, BBQ Ribs, Brisket and Beer Cooked by Eddie Deen
Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:00-5:00
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
500 W Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039
What is ZestFest?
Texans who appreciate the hotter things in life are invited to indulge in a fiery food experience January 24-26, as ZestFest 2014 returns to the brand new Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. This will be the 10th year that ZestFest will be held in the DFW Metroplex. Promising to make this – its hottest food festival and competition yet, ZestFest 2014 brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend.
ZestFest is one of the largest events in the country that showcases the zestiest products on the market. From ‘mom & pop’ brands to industry leaders, ZestFest provides an opportunity for companies to put their wares in front of not only the consumer, but also those in the industry, including retail buyers and restaurants. In addition to the plethora of zesty products available for sampling, ZestFest offers a wide range of entertainment throughout the 3-day event.
The main stage celebrity cooking demonstrations allow guests to ask questions and get tips from the region’s most renowned chefs. Top chefs returning this year include Jon Bonnell, of Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and Buffalo Brothers, and Eddie Deen, just to name a FEW. Visitors can watch fierce competition between gastronomic rivals or prove their gusto by participating in Wing Stops Atomic wing eating contest, which is returning this year, or the jalapeño eating contest. From live music to food competitions, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Gregory Bagarozy, the Owner of ZestFest, says, “There’s nothing like the feeling of walking the aisles of Texas ZestFest and knowing that the hottest foods on earth are all right there, ready for the sampling! I spend the whole year preparing for ZestFest—both learning about great products and increasing my tolerance for chiles—and once I’m there, I try to taste them all. As they say, it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it!”
Due to the growing demand, ZestFest is opening its doors to the public one day early on Friday, January 24th from 1pm to 7pm, as well as Saturday, January 25th from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, January 26th from 10am to 5pm. Admission to the event includes tastings, beer and liquor sampling, entertainment, as well as all the cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. Children under 10 are free. Trade Buyers are invited to come during private hours on Friday, from 10am to 1pm.
The Fiery Food Challenge
The Fiery Food Challenge kicks off ZestFest 2014 and is the longest running, most prestigious competition of zesty products in the industry.
Produced by Spicy Food Productions and presided over by independent VIP judges, the Fiery Food Challenge runs Tuesday through Thursday, with an Awards Dinner on Friday night.
Winners of the Fiery Food Challenge receive the coveted 2014 Golden Chile Award, plus additional benefits. Recipients are also eligible to market their winning products for the upcoming 2013 calendar year.
The Fiery Food Challenge is a competition that invites hot, “really hot”, spicy and zesty foods and fiery food-related products to be submitted by those folks vying for the prestigious Golden Chile Award – one of only two “fiery” food awards that stand out in the United States.
The tasting and the judging are “blind” – a number system is used so judges don’t know whose products they’re tasting. To maintain the integrity of the contest, the people who tally the ballots do not know which company whose scores they have. This competition is for professional food products and products must be professionally packaged for resale.
Three days of judging take place. There are two sessions daily so the judges’ mouths do not get burned out at the end of the day! There are some really, really spicy products introduced! The zesty and the fiery are mixed up so there is a variety for those hot-mouthed – or asbestos-mouthed judges!
Judges gather to challenge their senses and evaluate entries in the following categories:
- Consumer Ready (Open and serve)
- Cook Off (Used in mixed or cooked application)
- Marketing (Submitted on art board)
- Best New Product (New to market after Sept 2009)
- Accessories (Branded merchandise)
The Golden Chile awards are presented on Friday night – and those winners will display their prizes on Saturday and Sunday so ZestFest 2014 attendees can sample the spice and zest that won the Golden Chile!
ZestFest attendees on Saturday can take part in the People’s Preference Awards – by doing their own taste tests and judging the hot, spicy and zesty salsas, sauces, dips, etc., for themselves. Those awards are announced later that day.
|All of Us||140, 142|
|American Laser Skincare||109|
|Bonnells Fine Texas Cuisine||524|
|Brand X Sauce||203|
|Bravado Spices LLC||243|
|Big Russ Beer Cheese||516|
|CaJohns Fiery Foods||133, 232|
|Call Me Gourmet||324|
|Champion Windows,Sun Rooms & Home Exteriors||138|
|Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire||208, 210|
|Chiro One Wellness Centers||104|
|Country Snack Bucket||201|
|Davis Mountains Nut Co.||110|
|Dos Equis||520, 522|
|Eddie Deen||607, 608|
|Four Diaz Vargas LLC for Swisher Xtreme||518|
|Frankie V’s Kitchen||321, 323|
|German Roasted Nuts||326|
|Green Mountain Energy||401|
|Grinders Signature Hot Sauces||218|
|Hammer Stahl Cutlery||301|
|Hot Line Pepper Products||224|
|Hot Sauce Depot||216|
|Humboldt Hot Sauce||420|
|It Works Global||322|
|Jim and Lor’s Candy Store||605|
|JNW Marketing Solutions||200|
|La Familia Salsa Co.||127|
|Mama G’s Creations||305|
|McBroom’s Arizona Chile Roasters||236|
|Mike’s All Purpose Seasoning||233|
|Mild to Wild Pepper and Herb Company||101|
|MK Home Goods||235|
|Nectar of the Vine||604|
|Ozark Mountain Dessert Coffee||141, 143|
|Packaging Support Group||425, 427|
|Pangean Food LLC||602|
|Papa Perry’s Pepper Products, LLC||202|
|Pastamore Oils & Vinegar||416|
|Pendery’s Chiles & Spices||117, 119|
|Phil’s Gourmet Sauces||227|
|PuckerButt Pepper Company||317, 319|
|Ranchline All Natural||120|
|Rib Rangers Products of Texas Inc.||211|
|S & N Food Company||309|
|Sadie B. Foods||304|
|Salinas Salsa Co. LLC||417, 419|
|Savvy Foods LLC||601|
|Scentsy Independent Director||106|
|Scorpion Gourmet Hot Sauce||311|
|Silverleaf Resorts||103, 105|
|Smokin’ Texas Gourmet, a Red Kitchen Foods Co||609,610|
|Snowie of Texas||325|
|Sweet and Saucy Inc.||242|
|Sweet Ed’s Salsa LLC||132|
|Sweet Taste of Paradise Winery||603|
|Texas Chile Warehouse||332|
|Texas Department of Agriculture||121|
|Texas Toffee Queen||226|
|The Jamaican Pot||424|
|The Jerky Connection||303|
|The Wolf 99.5||701, 702, 702, 704|
|Timothy’s Gourmet House LLC||408|
|Wholesale Luxury Sheets||409|
|Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co||306, 308|
|Wyndham Vacation Resorts||134, 136|
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2 thoughts on “ZESTFEST 2014 Preview”
Hey Al: Pirate Jonny’s has submitted its new Guava Girl sauce in the running. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to attend as we are attending the Fiery Food show in Albuquerque, NM since we won awards there. Yarrr….
Wow I know 2 names…. How times have changed