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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 April 2016 Thomas Family Winery, 208 E. Second St., Madison IN 47250
Dates to be officially posted. 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 April 23, 2016 –
April 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 June 11, 2016 –
June 12, 2016
The Lakeland Center, Lakeland, FL
More info to come. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
United States National Hot Sauce Festival Jun 18, 2016 –
Jun 19, 2016
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
In between DC and Baltimore comes this 1st year festival. Details will unfold as the event grows near. Contact: cassidy@spefoody.com Phone: (240) 479-5400 OR alank@spefoody.com (240) 401-0973 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 July 2016 Plaza Park, Oxnard, CA
Dates to be announced. 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
26th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival Aug 2016 Fiesta Gardens, Austin, Texas
Official date to be announced. Popular regional festival, featuring vendors, contests, music and more. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Hatch Chile Festival Sep 2016 Hatch, NM
Official dates to be announced. 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
Midwest Wing Fest Sep 3, 2016 Ludwig Drive, Fairview Heights, IL
Date is tentative. Events, contests and more, with up to 30,000 in attendance in previous years. 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
10th Annual North Carolina Hot Sauce Festival Sep 9, 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
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
16th Annual I Like it HOT! Festival Sep 2016 Minnreg Hall, Largo, FL
Regional event with hot sauces, chile peppers, contests and more. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
16th Annual Houston Hot Sauce Festival Sep 2016 Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX
Date is yet to be announced. Houston Hot Sauce Festival is one of the most popular fiery foods events in the U.S. This outdoor show features 100’s of award winning hot and fiery food products from around the world. Always in September!!! A fun festival for everyone. Sample hundreds of award winning hot sauce, salsa, chips, dips, peppers, spices, jams/jellies and more. Every thing from the Mild to the Wild. Bands, children’s activities, food concessions. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
5th Annual Pepper Farm Festival Sep 2016 3314 Wagner Road Allison Park PA 15101
Date has not been officially announced. Seeking Food Vendors, Entertainment, Artists, Merchandisers, Crafters, etc. Email: coleenangel1965@gmail.com Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Eastonís 5th Annual Chile Pepper Festival Sep 2016 Centre Square, Easton, PA
Dates have not officially been announced. This growing chile pepper festival is in its fifth year. 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