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Hot Sauce/Chilehead Events and Festivals Calendar

hot-sauce-shows-festivals-events-chileheadEnjoy the burn in person!

Come join the fun, the camaraderie and the spicy foods! 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 shows and events that aren’t listed below, I would love to hear about them!

 

  Event   Date   Location/Venue
New Jersey Fire + Ice Expo Jan 7, 2016
Jan 10, 2016
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey
Fire & Ice Expo: The Art of:Tailgating, Camping and Backyard Barbeques will be co-located with the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show, January 9-12, 2014 at the NJ Convention Center. Come meet BBQ experts, get new recipes for your next tailgate & much more! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Chicago Fire + Ice Expo Jan 20, 2016
Jan 24, 2016
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois
Fire & Ice Expo: The Art of:Tailgating, Camping and Backyard Barbeques will be co-located with the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show in Rosemont, IL January 22-26, 2014. Come meet BBQ experts, get new recipes for your next tailgate & much more! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
ZestFest 2016 Jan 29, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Irving, TX
Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples. One of the most attended fiery foods festivals. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
28th Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show Mar 4, 2016 –
Mar 6, 2016
Sandia Resort and Casino, Albuquerque, NM
Don’t miss out on the country’s largest compilation of Fiery Foods & Barbecue sauces, marinades, salsas, mustards, and more! The 28th Annual Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show will be bigger, better and hotter than ever! The 27th annual show welcomed over 20,500 trade and general public attendees to Albuquerque’s Sandia Resort & Casino! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Cajun Hot Sauce Festival Apr 9, 2016 SugArena at Acadiana Fairgrounds, New Iberia, LA
Festival with family atmosphere held on the second weekend of April. Hot sauce competition, Jambalaya cook-off, live entertainment, food court, crafts and much more. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Pinellas Pepper Fest Apr 9, 2016 –
Apr 10, 2016
England Brothers Bandshell Park, Pinellas Park, FL
The spicy food festival includes hot sauces, salsas, BBQ sauces, pepper plants and more.Hosting an amateur salsa competition and Intensity Academy’s Lick-a-Thon Lollipop licking contest. Plus live music and other fun. Free to the public. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo Apr 16, 2016 –
Apr 17, 2016
Blackham Coliseum, Lafayette, LA 70503
A celebration of Hot Sauce and Spicy foods that promotes the Louisiana Hot Sauce Industry by encouraging the use of Hot Sauce in cooking via multiple cooking contest and demonstrations during the weekend long event and highlighting both small and large Hot Sauce manufacturers products lines by sampling opportunities to the public during the Expo. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
20th Annual Hot Luck & Fiery Foods Marketplace Apr 2016 Thomas Family Winery, 208 E. Second St., Madison IN 47250
A chilehead gathering at the Thomas Family Winery in Madison, Indiana. For more information contact winery owner Steve Thomas at 1-812-273-3755. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
4th Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo Apr 23, 2016 –
Apr 24, 2016
Brooklyn EXPO Center, 79 Franklin St Brooklyn, NY 11222
One of the most buzzed about food festivals in the country this year’s Expo will feature 45 different award winning hot sauce companies from various parts of the word. Complimented with free hot sauce tastings, craft beer, eating challenges, spicy food vendors, cooking demos, this year’s Expo will provide plenty of odd ball entertainment fun for the whole family. Plus, the second year of inducting 5 industry folks into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Berks Pepper Jam May 27, 2016 –
May 28, 2016
Willow Glen Flea Market 94 Park Ave, Sinking Spring, PA 19608
Formerly the Kempton Pepper Jam. 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. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Hop Sauce Festival Jun 4, 2016
The focus of the gathering is to pair local fare with hot sauces from the Northeast, and wash it down with a sampling of twenty delicious craft beers. Spice It Up, located in Bay Village, offers gourmet ingredients including many hot sauces & spiced products. Shore Point Distributing Company offers a world-class line of micro, craft, domestic & imported beer products to much of New Jersey. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Florida Hot Sauce Expo Jun 11, 2016 –
Jun 12, 2016
The Lakeland Center, Lakeland, FL
More info to come. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
2nd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo Jul 16, 2016 –
Jul 17, 2016
Rainbow Lagoon Park – East Shoreline Drive, 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. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
22nd Oxnard Salsa Festival Jul 30 2016 –
Jul 31 2016
Plaza Park, Oxnard, CA
Two days of spicy foods and sizzling entertainment in downtown Oxnard’s Plaza Park. The 23rd annual event of everything “salsa” – the food, the music and the dance. It’s one of Southern California’s HOTTEST summer events. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Portland Hot Sauce Expo Aug 6, 2016 –
Aug 7, 2016
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, OMSI Bridge Lot, 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Spicy foods vendors, plus each Day we will host some of the most insane eating challenges known to mankind. If you think you can handle the HEAT then please feel free to sign up. We will have the Spicy Pizza of Doom Challenge, The Margarita and Bloody Mary-Mix Downs, The Tacos from Hell Challenge, The Guinness Book of Records Reaper Pepper Eating Contest plus many more to announce. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
26th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival Aug 21, 2016 Fiesta Gardens, Austin, Texas
Popular regional festival, featuring vendors, contests, music and more. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Midwest Wing Fest Sep 2, 2016 –
Sep 3, 2016
Ludwig Drive, Fairview Heights, IL
Over the last couple years we have served close to 50,000 people over 200,000 wings. We are doubling the size of the event this year with much more entertainment and vendors as well are adding Friday night to the event. If you can imagine it, we probably have it at WingFest! Although we are a dedicated wing festival, you can expect food items ranging from pulled pork to chili dogs to just about anything you can dream of. We are pretty much an ALL OUT food and entertainment festival. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Hatch Chile Festival Sep 3, 2016 –
Sep 4, 2016
Hatch, NM
The large spicy foods festival which boasts over 30,000 annual visitors from all over the United States. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival Sep 3, 2016 –
Sep 4, 2016
Coca-Cola Field, 275 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203
The premiere buffalo and hot wing festival in the world. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Second Annual NJ Taco Festival Sep 9, 2016 –
Sep 10, 2016
Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822
Taco and food vendors, contests, Mexican wrestling, and live heavy metal music. This year we are proud to present performances by MAC SABBATH (7 PM FRIDAY) and METALACHI (7 PM SATURDAY) Check out our full stage schedule for Pepper Eating Contests, Margarita Mix-Down and MORE! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
20th Annual Chile Pepper Food Festival Sep 10, 2016 –
Sep 11, 2016
William Delong Park, 233 Bowers Rd, Bowers, PA
Sometimes nicknamed “The Bowers Show” by industry folks. Large festival in eastern Pennsylvania featuring a wide array of vendors, eating contests and more. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
10th Annual North Carolina Hot Sauce Festival Sep 10, 2016 Main Street, College Street and Hillsboro Street in Oxford, NC
Regional hot sauce festival occurring in downtown historic Oxford, NC, taking place on Main St., College St. and Hillsboro St. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
16th Annual I Like it HOT! Festival Sep 10, 2016 –
Sep 11, 2016
Minnreg Hall, Largo, FL
Regional event with hot sauces, chile peppers, contests and more. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Cobblestone Row Pepper Fest Sep 17, 2016 Medicine Park, OK
Contest Categories will be: Best Amateur Salsa Contest, Best Amateur Hot Sauce Contest, Best Stuffed Jalapeno Contest, Spicy Lolly Pop Lick-a-Thon, and
Jalapeno Eating Contest. We will have live music all day.
Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival Sep 23, 2016 –
Sep 25, 2016
Union Avenue Historic District, Pueblo, CO 81003
The annual Chile and Frijoles Festival Presented by Loaf ‘N Jug, held each year in late September, is Pueblo’s harvest celebration. The festival is sponsored by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. Every year, thousands pay homage to two of the Pueblo area’s best loved crops – green chilies, particularly Pueblo chile, and frijoles or pinto beans. The event features music, arts and crafts, cooking competitions and chilies, chilies, chilies. Held downtown along Union Avenue, it draws Pueblo residents as well as people from across the state and around the nation. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
The First Annual Sriracha Festival Sep 24, 2016 Heritage Square, 113 N. 6th St. Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Phoenix, Arizona’s best chefs convene to share Sriracha combined into the tastiest dishes that intrigue the palate. Experience a curated selection of dishes, desserts and drinks made with Sriracha. For those 21 years of age or older. Unlimited Food Tastings,
Mixology Contest, VIP Lounge, Live Entertainment, Bags Competition, and a Game Area.
Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Open Fields Sep 23, 2016 –
Sep 25, 2016
Indiana
Hosted by Jim Campbell, formally of the Mild to Wild Pepper & Herb Company. Held on Campbell’s former chile pepper fields, this outdoor camping/cooking/sharing “Woodstock for Chileheads” event is by invite only. 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 24th for Step it Up for Charity. Contact Jim Campbell for details with “Open Fields 2016” in the subject line at jim@wildpepper.com for more info. Website  Link Map  Map             
Phoenix Chile Pepper Festival Oct 1, 2016 Roosevelt Row Arts District, 2nd Street & Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ
The Chile Pepper Festival is a local food, music & talent event hosted by Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (CDC). Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Jungle Jim’s 10th Annual Weekend of Fire Oct 1, 2016 –
Oct 2, 2016
Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market
The tenth year for this chilehead favorite. The Weekend of Fire is not only a trade show, but hosts many spicy eating contests. Adjacent to the Oscar Event Center is Jungle Jim’s International Market, a foodie’s paradise of a grocery store. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Bowmanstown Pepper Festival Oct 1, 2016 –
Oct 2, 2016
259 Lime St., Bowmanstown, PA 18030
Open each day from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Days include pepper vendors, food, music, beer/cocktail garden, chili cook-off with cash prizes, winery, and kids activities. Family event. Questions may be sent to AKJ16@ptd.net or call 610-554-4511. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
First Annual Arizona Hot Sauce Expo Nov 12, 2016 –
Nov 13, 2016
Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe, AZ
Spicy food vendors, contests, and more! Additional info available soon. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
ZestFest 2017 Jan 27, 2017 –
Jan 29, 2017
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Irving, TX
Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples. One of the most heavily-attended fiery foods festivals. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
29th Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show Mar 3, 2017 –
Mar 5, 2017
Sandia Resort and Casino, Albuquerque, NM
Don’t miss out on the country’s largest compilation of Fiery Foods & Barbecue sauces, marinades, salsas, mustards, and more! The 29th Annual Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show will be bigger, better and hotter than ever! The 28th annual show welcomed over 20,000 trade and general public attendees to Albuquerque’s Sandia Resort & Casino! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page

Other Calendars

Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) Chili Cookoffs Calendar
International Chili Society (ICS) Chili Cookoffs Calendar
National Barbecue News Calendar
Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Schedule
Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN) Schedule

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