Hot Sauce/Chilehead Events and Festivals Calendar

calendar pageCome 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 2014 Jan 24, 2013 -
Jan 26, 2013
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Irving, TX
In addition to being a large trade show with entertainment and cooking demos, this also features the Fiery Food Challenge awards. Website Link Map  Map             
New Mexico Chile Conference Feb 3, 2013 -
Feb 4, 2013
Hotel Encanto, Las Cruces, NM
Hear guest speakers and more as they focus on the chile pepper industry. Website Link Map  Map             
North Market Fiery Foods Week Celebration February 10, 2014
February 16, 2014
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 Facebook Event RSVP FB Event RSVP
26th Annual National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show February 28, 2014 -
March 2, 2014
Sandia Resort and Casino, Albuquerque, NM
The largest fiery foods/hot sauce/BBQ trade show in the U.S. is celebrating its twenty-sixth show! Website Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP FB Event RSVP
Pinellas Pepper Fest June 7, 2013 -
June 8, 2013
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             


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