Zestfest Midwest 2013: On Stage with Mike Isenberg from Wicked Cactus Sauces

Mike from Wicked Cactus holds his Feast Your Eyes on This trophy

Right after I handed Mike Isenberg his Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge trophy at Zestfest Midwest, Mike entertained the crowd with a little of his cooking prowess. Showing a little of what him shine in our video contest, Mike shined on the main stage with a simple yet delicious chicken taco recipe. One of the bright moments from the Zestfest Midwest event shared with you now. Check it out and support Mike by checking out the Wicked Cactus Sauces website for some of the best hot sauces in your community.

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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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Zestfest Midwest 2013 – 2 day recap


I have a huge conflict in reporting this show, but I owe our followers the truth, so I have to walk a tightrope now. I am scared of heights too. For those of you that do not know the conflict let me go over that for you. We have month plus spicy cooking contest for the last 3 years involving some of the best product makers our community has to offer. This year we had prizes valued over $4,000 including 2 free show booths to the winner, which for a little blog like mine, I can’t understate enough how much that means to me. One of these 2 shows is Zestfest Midwest. In exchange for a web banner and some online support, they gave a free booth to our winner, Mike Isenberg of Wicked Cactus Sauces. Plus, Mike got his own spot on the chef stage to do a cooking 45 minute cooking demo. I am not sure what the value of that is, to me it is worth a lot to get that kind of exposure, so I am so grateful that I Mike got that time on the stage just because he won my little spicy cooking contest.

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Preview of Zestfest Midwest 2013


Anyone who appreciates the zesty things in life is invited to indulge in a flavorful food experience June 28-30, 2013 as ZestFest Midwest brings together spicy exhibitors and tasty products from around the country for one exciting weekend in Columbus, OH. Featuring hot sauces, barbeque sauces, salsas, spices, condiments, snacks, sweets — specialty foods and beverages of all types to tantalize your taste buds.

ZestFest is the ultimate party for food enthusiasts. Produced by Spicy Food Productions, ZestFest Midwest will be action-packed! Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and delicious foods and beverages to sample and purchase will make June 28-30, 2013 the zestiest weekend of the year!


Friday, June 28, 2013 1:00-9:00
Saturday, June 29, 2013 10:00-6:00
Sunday, June 30, 2013 10:00-5:00



Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

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Zestfest Midwest: Special Guest Robin Davis & Yuengling Beer Sponsorship

A special appearance by Robin Davis at Zestfest Midwest will take place on the main stage on Saturday June 29th at noon.

Robin Davis has been the food editor at the Columbus Dispatch since 2002. You can follow her on Twitter @DispatchKitchen and become a subscriber to her Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/robin.davis.984). You can also follow her personal blog, www.robincdavis.com.

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Zestfest Midwest Media Investment

ZestFest Midwest Exhibitors

reap the Rewards Of The most Aggressive Media Plan to insure Thousands of Attendees !!!!!

Media Plan to Promote Zestfest
*Dispatch Group
*alive! $6,300
*This Week Community News $5,000
*Dispatch $54,000
*97.1 The Fan $4,090
*WBNS 10TV $10,000
*Digital Network $2,000
*Time Warner Cable Media 1,000 commercials to reach 700,000 viewers

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I am so happy to announce not only about the newest big event for our community, but newest sponsor for Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge 3rd Season. Thanks to Greg Bagarozy, Zestfest Midwest will be pledging a free booth to the next winner of our challenge and some spotlight exposure on the event stage. More details to be announced soon, but today we embrace our newest partners big announcement. Lo and Behold…










Spicy Food Productions Announces a Brand New Show!


(Columbus, OH) – Mark your calendars for June 28-30, 2013, and don’t miss the very first “ZESTFEST MIDWEST” at the Ohio Expo Center.

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