Hot Sauce/Chilehead Events and Festivals Calendar

hot-sauce-shows-festivals-events-chileheadCome 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 2015 Jan 23, 2015 -
Jan 24, 2015
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Irving, TX
Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples. Website  Link Map  Map             
North Market Fiery Foods Festival February 14, 2015 -
February 15, 2015
North Market, Columbus, OH
Cooking demonstrations, BBQ contests and spicy foods vendors. The festival will feature a Chef’s Spicy Crock-pot Challenge, Amateur Chili Cook-off as well as Salsa, Hot Sauce, and Guacamole contests. Music and family activities will round out this week. More info will be available in the coming weeks. Website  Link Map  Map             
27th Annual National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show March 6, 2015 -
March 8, 2015
Sandia Resort and Casino, Albuquerque, NM
Join us at the 27th National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show, March 6-8 2015. There’s no better place to satisfy your craving for flavor and fire. You can sample everything from blazing BBQ to super-hot salsa to mild and savory marinades and rubs, even sweet heat desserts! Wander from booth to booth tasting, enjoying the fun energy, talking with exhibitors, and hobnobbing with fellow chileheads. Website  Link Map  Map             
The 3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo April 25, 2015 -
April 26, 2015
Brooklyn Expo, 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. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Pinellas Pepper Fest April 25, 2015 -
April 26, 2015
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
Kempton Pepper Jam May 23, 2015 –
May 24, 2015
Kempton Community Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton, PA 19529
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             
Hop Sauce Festival May 30, 2015 830 N Bay Ave Beach Haven, NJ 08008
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
The New York Best Wings Festival Jun 7, 2015
Tons of craft beer, eating contests, games, prizes, giveaways, and The Best Wings Championships. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
United States National Hot Sauce Festival June 21, 2015 -
June 22, 2015
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Details coming soon. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
The Great Chicago Fiery Foods Fest Aug 8, 2015 -
Aug 9, 2015 -
Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium
Try the delicious products of amazing, award-Winning companies from Chicagoland and across the country. They will be sampling and selling everything from hot sauce and salsa to spicy popcorn and chocolates. See what happens when the fire rolls into the Windy City bringing the mild, medium and hottest peppers in the world!!! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival Sept 5, 2015 -
Sept 6, 2015
Coca-Cola Field, Buffalo, NY
The premiere buffalo and hot wing festival in the world. Website  Link Map  Map             
15th Annual, I Like it HOT! Festival Sept 12, 2015 -
Sept 13, 2015
Minnreg Hall, Largo, FL
Regional event with hot sauces, chile peppers, contests and more. Website  Link Map  Map             
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Sept 23, 2015 -
Sept 27, 2015
1000 Cordova Place #723, Santa Fe, NM 87505
The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is an annual five-day weekend of events featuring the culinary artistry found in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s many excellent restaurants coupled with the sophistication and wines of national wineries. 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