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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
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
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
3rd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo July 2017 Rainbow Lagoon Park – East Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802
Exact date TBD Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Texas Hot Sauce Festival Sept 2017 (?) TBD
Details coming soon! Website  Link Map  Map             
National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival Sep 2, 2017 –
Sep 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
16th Annual I Like it HOT! Festival Sep 9, 2017 –
Sep 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
16th Annual I Like it HOT! Festival Sep 9, 2017 –
Sep 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 Sep 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
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

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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