Posted May 28, 2005 by Nick Lindauer in Hot Events

Fiery Food Shows

I’ve had several requests for more information on Fiery Food events around the country, so here goes. If I’ve missed some (which I know I have) please let me know.

19th Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show
Dates: March 2-4, 2007
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Run by: Sunbelt Shows, Inc., owner of the Fiery-Foods & Barbecue SuperSite
Description: The 18th Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show will return to Albuquerque and promises to deliver more business and pleasure than ever. This unique show attracts attendees from around the globe and more than 10,000 general public attendance. Exhibitors in the show can take advantage of this opportunity to meet and greet new buyers, introduce their line of products or services, and reaffirm their commitment to their current customers who will be attending the show.
More Information: Go Here

The Fiery Food Challenge AKA ZestFest
Dates: September 8, 9 & 10th 2007
Location: Fort Worth, Texas.
Run by: Chile Pepper Magazine
Description: The Fiery Food Challenge is the most recognized, most prestigious competition of zesty products and it is heating up again for its tenth anniversary year. With over 80 categories from salsa to apparel, entrants vie for the coveted first place Golden Chile award. To find the best in zest, our culinary expert judges sample every product through a series of blind tastings and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are announced at the awards ceremony during the week of ZestFest 2005. The race for the Golden Chile is on and the clock is ticking…
More Information: 2006 – Go Here

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Dates: August 28th, 2005
Location: Austin, Texas.
Sponsored by: The Austin Chronicle
Description: In the fifteen years since its inception, what started out as a small contest with a few spectators has turned into one of Austin’s biggest and best-known annual parties. The event is a favorite among hot and spicy food lovers from all over the country. The Hot Sauce Festival serves as a major fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Last years festival raised approximately $4,500 and over 19,000 lbs. of food in a six hour period.
More Information: Go Here

Houston Hot Sauce Festival
Dates:September 22 & 23, 2007
Sat. 11 – 6 p.m. / Sun. Noon – 5 p.m.
Houston Farm and Ranch Club
(just off Hwy 6 – 1.5 miles north of I10)
Location: Houston, Texas.
Sponsored by: Houston Press
Description: The Original Houston Hot Sauce Festival, an annual event “Always in September”, featuring hot sauce, salsa, chipotle, jams, spices, marinades, chips, dips and more fiery food products. Thousands of Chiliheads pour into the Arena to sample 100’s of award winning products. There’s also ongoing stage entertainment, free kids activities, cold drinks, a wide variety of food, “amateur salsa competition”, contests, prizes, arts & crafts, pepper merchandise, and more…. Information 281-558-3518 or
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The Zesty Best Food Show
Dates: June
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Run by: Bruce & Mary Carter, Promoters
Description: America’s Zesty Best Professional Food Competition takes place in Southern California. The judges are all professionals in the food industry and they know good food! Your entry will be judged by its appearance, aroma, texture, flavor, heat and overall impression. Non-food categories are judged visually and by description/application. Product labels are judged on design, creativity, visual impact, originality, marketability and overall impression.
More Information: Go Here

Nick Lindauer

The Original Hot Sauce Blog