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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
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
Zach’s Chili Challenge Mar 4, 2017 McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W Colfax, Denver, CO, 80202
Zach’s Chili Challenge is a competition between Denver chefs who will Bring the Heat and Bring the Hope to help fund children’s cancer research! There will be four categories of chili, six categories of beer, and six categories of spirits which will be voted on by attendees and a handful of local Denver celebrity judges. Don’t miss this great event and one-of-a-kind chili cook off! Additional Info: Zach is a fighter. After being diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma in 2008, he has since had two relapses and is currently battling this sneaky, nasty disease called cancer. Zach is in his senior year of high school and battles through awful chemo and radiation treatments while going to school full time and getting straight As! Zach’s perseverance is an inspiration and that is why we are asking you to Bring the Heat and Bring the Hope to Zach’s Chili Challenge in support of him and other children and young adults in the fight against pediatric cancer! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Pinellas Pepper Fest Apr 8, 2017 –
Apr 9, 2017
England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Avenue North, Pinellas Park
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
5th Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo Apr 22, 2017 –
Apr 23, 2017
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 third year of inducting 5 industry folks into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
NJ State Chili & Salsa Cook-off May 20, 2017 Washington street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Family fun, mouth watering vittles, contests, chili & salsa tasting, live music and much more! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Berks Pepper Jam May 26, 2017 –
May 27, 2017
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 3, 2017 Beach Haven, NJ
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
Summer Feast Food & Music Festival June 23, 2017 –
June 25, 2017
Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie, WI
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. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Windy City Hot Sauce Expo August 2017 Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium
More info to come soon. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Portland Hot Sauce Expo Aug 5, 2017 –
Aug 6, 2017
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
3rd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo Aug 19, 2017 –
Aug 20, 2017
The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806
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
St. Martinville Kiwanis Club Annual Pepper Festival Sept 2017 200 N New Market St. St. Martinville, Louisiana
Exact date TBD Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Saucetoberfest Sept 2017 1051 County Rd 523, Flemington, NJ 08822
NJ Hot Sauce Festival – Exact date TBD Website  Link Map  Map             
Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival 2017 Sept 2017 Roosevelt Row Arts District, 504 East Roosevelt Street Phoenix, AZ
Exact dates to be announcedChile Pepper Festival is a free, local food, music and dance event that takes place in the Roosevelt Arts District. It gathers some of the best local restaurateurs and chefs in Phoenix to showcase the most delicious chile pepper cuisine the city has to offer. Attendees can expect on-site chile roasting, cooking demos, live music, salsa dancing, activities for kids, a talent show, a beer garden and a gourmet margarita station. Each year, the festival culminates in the highly anticipated and highly coveted crowning of the Chile Pepper Champion award for best chile pepper dish served at the festival. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival Sept 2, 2017 –
Sept 3, 2017
Coca-Cola Field, 275 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203
The festival is recognized as one of the best in the country. In 2015, the festival drew over 70,000 people. Over the last 10+ years, the festival has drawn more than 795,000 people and served over 4.2 million wings. The festival, which also supports local charities, has donated more than $325,000 since its inception Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
17th Annual I Like it HOT! Festival Sept 9, 2017 –
Sept 10, 2017
Minnreg Hall, Largo, FL
Regional event with hot sauces, chile peppers, contests and more. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
11th Annual North Carolina Hot Sauce Festival Sept 9, 2017 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
Chilifest Sept 17, 2017 –
Sept 18, 2017
23 S Main St., Sunderland, Massachusetts
Chilifest is a full weekend celebrating all things spicy! Great food, live music, local beer, hot sauce tasting & competition on Sat & Sun Sept. 17 & 18! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Chile and Frijoles Festival Sept 22, 2017 –
Sept 24, 2017
Union Avenue Historic District, Pueblo, CO 81003
In some places, the smell of burning leaves is synonymous with fall. In Pueblo, the savory aroma of roasting chilies signals summer’s end. The annual Chile & 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
Texas Hot Sauce Festival Sept 23, 2017 –
Sept 24, 2017
Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Rd, Houston, TX 77045
The former Houston Hot Sauce Festival is back as the Texas Hot Sauce Festival, once again under the direction of show producer Carol Borge. One of the best put-together expos of the year! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Datil Pepper Festival Sept 30, 2017 –
Oct 1, 2017
St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL, 32092
Celebrate St. Augustine’s own datil pepper and vote for the best datil pepper dishes presented by some of the finest restaurants in town. The two-day event will focus on St. Augustine’s special relationship with the datil pepper, and will feature a Cook-Off on Saturday with several local restaurants competing. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Chile Pepper Fiesta Oct 1, 2017 Brooklyn, NY
Features plenty of spicy samples, sweets, live music, cooking demonstrations, and more. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
SauceFest Oct 21, 2017 –
Oct 22, 2017
Houston, TX
Details coming soon. Website  Link Map  Map             
Second Annual Arizona Hot Sauce Expo Nov 2017 Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe, AZ
Details coming soon! 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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