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 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             
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             
Cajun Hot Sauce Festival Apr 10, 2015 –
Apr 12, 2015
SugArena at Acadiana Fairgrounds, New Iberia, LA
Entertainment, hot sauce contests, cook-offs, beauty pageant and more. An expected 10,000 to 15,000 will be in attendance all weekend.

Please note that both their official website and their Facebook page may have incorrect dates.
Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
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
California Hot Sauce Expo July 11, 2015 –
July 12, 2015
Rainbow Lagoon Park – East Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802
Details coming soon. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo July 18, 2015 –
July 19, 2015
Blackham Coliseum, Lafayette, LA 70503
A regional event for the 2015 International Hot Sauce Festival. Website  Link Map  Map             
Oxnard Salsa Festival July 25, 2015 –
July 26, 2015
Plaza Park, Oxnard, CA
The 22nd annual event of everything “salsa” – the food, the music and the dance. Spicy food, contests, and lots of entertainment. 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
25th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival August 30, 2015 Fiesta Gardens, Austin, Texas
Popular regional festival, featuring vendors, contests, music and more Website  Link Map  Map             
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             
20th Annual Chile Pepper Food Festival Sept 11, 2015 –
Sept 12, 2015
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
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             
9th Annual North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest Sept 12, 2015 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
First Annual NJ Taco Festival Sept 12, 2015 Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822
We’ve assembled a panel of Media Personalities, Food Writers, Celebrity Chefs and More to determine who will take home the gold in 4 Taco Categories. If you need a break from consuming mass amounts of insane tacos check out the Main Stage for the Pepper Eating Contest, Margarita Mix-Down and More! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
15th Annual Houston Hot Sauce Festival Sept 19, 2015 –
Sept 20, 2015
Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX
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
The Fiery Foods & Beer Festival Sept 19, 2015 Angell Park – Sun Prairie, WI
The Fiery Foods & Beer Festival is an all-inclusive outdoor festival featuring spicy-hot cuisine, ice cold craft beers and delicious wines. You pay for one ticket, you enter the festival and you sample as much as you like without ever taking out your wallet or purse. You can meet and talk with the Chefs, Brewmasters and Vintners at your favorite booths. There will be free musical performances throughout the festival and games to play with friends you came with or new ones you meet. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
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
Open Fields Sept 25, 2015 –
Sept 27, 2015
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.

Contact Jim Campbell for details with “Open Fields 2015” in the subject line at for more info.

Website  Link Map  Map             
Phoenix Chile Pepper Festival Sept 27, 2015 Phoenix Public Market Cafe and Open Air Farmers Market, Phoenix, AZ
Onsite chile roasting, cooking demos, live music, salsa dancing, activities for kids, a talent show hosted by Lawn Gnome Publishing, a Beer Garden AND a gourmet margarita station will all be on the menu! Announcement of the Festival’s best chile pepper dish winners and crowning of the year’s Chile Pepper Champion will culminate the festivities. Admission is FREE! Food and beverages are available for purchase. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Jungle Jimís 9th Annual Weekend of Fire Oct 3, 2015 –
Oct 4, 2015
Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, OH
The ninth 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
2nd Annual NY Smoke and Fire Food Fest Oct 10, 2015 Provident Bank Park, Pomona, NY
Growing regional festival in New York’s Hudson Valley. 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