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Hot Sauce/Chilehead Events and Festivals Calendar

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
Zach’s Chili Challenge Mar 4, 2017 McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W Colfax, Denver, CO, 80202
Zach’s Chili Challenge is a competition between Denver chefs who will Bring the Heat and Bring the Hope to help fund children’s cancer research! There will be four categories of chili, six categories of beer, and six categories of spirits which will be voted on by attendees and a handful of local Denver celebrity judges. Don’t miss this great event and one-of-a-kind chili cook off! Additional Info: Zach is a fighter. After being diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma in 2008, he has since had two relapses and is currently battling this sneaky, nasty disease called cancer. Zach is in his senior year of high school and battles through awful chemo and radiation treatments while going to school full time and getting straight As! Zach’s perseverance is an inspiration and that is why we are asking you to Bring the Heat and Bring the Hope to Zach’s Chili Challenge in support of him and other children and young adults in the fight against pediatric cancer! 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
NJ State Chili & Salsa Cook-off May 20, 2017 Washington street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Family fun, mouth watering vittles, contests, chili & salsa tasting, live music and much more! 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
Summer Feast Food & Music Festival June 23, 2017 –
June 25, 2017
Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie, WI
The “Summer Feast” is a 3-day event held in Sun Prairie, WI from June 24th-June 26th and features The Fiery Foods Festival, a The World Food Fest and the highlight of the weekend, an all-inclusive Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest featuring numerous “Bacon-themed” foods, hundreds of craft beers and plenty of smoky BBQ. Held on an 8 acre event area and featuring 9 bands on 3 stages, attendance is expected to top 10,000 people with Saturday’s event to exceed 4,000. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Inferno Fest June 28, 2017 Everts Park, 130 Highwood Avenue, Highwood, IL
The festival will highlight creations such as spicy pasta dishes, peppery nuts and popcorn, piquant tacos and salsa, hot wings, and much more! Live music and an array of unique fiery foods will create a fun atmosphere to sample the hottest foods on the North Shore. And, those who are really in for a challenge, the Inferno Fest Eating Contest is back as well. Not all who dared enter this competition in the past walked away the same ever again. This is truly a challenge for those whom have iron stomachs!! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Windy City Hot Sauce Expo August 2017 Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium
More info to come soon. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Portland Hot Sauce Expo Aug 5, 2017 –
Aug 6, 2017
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, OMSI Bridge Lot, 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Spicy foods vendors, plus each Day we will host some of the most insane eating challenges known to mankind. If you think you can handle the HEAT then please feel free to sign up. We will have the Spicy Pizza of Doom Challenge, The Margarita and Bloody Mary-Mix Downs, The Tacos from Hell Challenge, The Guinness Book of Records Reaper Pepper Eating Contest plus many more to announce. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
3rd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo Aug 19, 2017 –
Aug 20, 2017
The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806
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
27th Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival Aug 20, 2017 Fiesta Gardens, Austin, Texas
What began as a small hot sauce contest in 1990 has grown into the largest competition of its kind and one of Austin’s largest and best-known annual food events, drawing as many as 10,000 spectators and over 350 entries each year. Hundreds of gallons of hot sauce are consumed and beverages are on hand to cool off the overheated. In addition to the hot sauce competition, this truly Austin food event features tastings from local restaurants, culinary demonstrations, sauces for sale, cookbooks, peppers and more, and of course, live music. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Midwest Wing Fest Sep 1, 2017 –
Sep 2, 2017
St. Clair Square Mall, Fairview Heights, Illinois
Over the last few years we have served over 100,000 people over 400,000 wings. We are doing some amazing things this year with more entertainment, a once again we will have a National recording artist and some top quality food local and national food vendors as well. If you can imagine it, we probably have it at WingFest! We are even doubling our children’s area this year to enhance our family friendly appeal. Although we are a dedicated wing festival, you can expect food items ranging from pulled pork to chili dogs to just about anything you can dream of. We are pretty much an ALL OUT food and music festival. We do all of this to have a great time but let’s not forget our mission is to raise money for Disabled Veteran causes! Even if you cannot make it to the event, please check out our donation page. Every dollar truly counts. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
St. Martinville Kiwanis Club Annual Pepper Festival Sept 2017 200 N New Market St. St. Martinville, Louisiana
Exact date TBD Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival 2017 Sept 2017 Roosevelt Row Arts District, 504 East Roosevelt Street Phoenix, AZ
Exact dates to be announcedChile Pepper Festival is a free, local food, music and dance event that takes place in the Roosevelt Arts District. It gathers some of the best local restaurateurs and chefs in Phoenix to showcase the most delicious chile pepper cuisine the city has to offer. Attendees can expect on-site chile roasting, cooking demos, live music, salsa dancing, activities for kids, a talent show, a beer garden and a gourmet margarita station. Each year, the festival culminates in the highly anticipated and highly coveted crowning of the Chile Pepper Champion award for best chile pepper dish served at the festival. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Hatch Chile Festival Sep 2, 2017 –
Sep 3, 2017
Hatch, NM
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
National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival Sept 2, 2017 –
Sept 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
21st Annual Chile Pepper Food Festival Sep 8, 2017 –
Sep 9, 2017
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
17th Annual I Like it HOT! Festival Sept 9, 2017 –
Sept 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 Sept 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
Chilifest Sept 17, 2017 –
Sept 18, 2017
23 S Main St., Sunderland, Massachusetts
Chilifest is a full weekend celebrating all things spicy! Great food, live music, local beer, hot sauce tasting & competition on Sat & Sun Sept. 17 & 18! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Chile and Frijoles Festival Sept 22, 2017 –
Sept 24, 2017
Union Avenue Historic District, Pueblo, CO 81003
In some places, the smell of burning leaves is synonymous with fall. In Pueblo, the savory aroma of roasting chilies signals summer’s end. The annual Chile & Frijoles Festival Presented by Loaf ‘N Jug, held each year in late September, is Pueblo’s harvest celebration. The festival is sponsored by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. Every year, thousands pay homage to two of the Pueblo area’s best loved crops – green chilies, particularly Pueblo chile, and frijoles or pinto beans. The event features music, arts and crafts, cooking competitions and chilies, chilies, chilies. Held downtown along Union Avenue, it draws Pueblo residents as well as people from across the state and around the nation. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Texas Hot Sauce Festival Sept 23, 2017 –
Sept 24, 2017
Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Rd, Houston, TX 77045
The former Houston Hot Sauce Festival is back as the Texas Hot Sauce Festival, once again under the direction of show producer Carol Borge. One of the best put-together expos of the year! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Saucetoberfest Sep 23, 2017 –
Sep 24, 2017
Schaefer Farms, 1051 County Rd 523
Flemington, NJ 08822
Celebrate our Hot Peppers and Fall Harvest. Fun filled days of contests, live music & entertainment, arts & craft exhibits, good food and lots of hot sauce! We have scheduled two days packed with Fall Family Fun, something for everyone: Hot Sauce Eating contest, Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch, Salsa Making contest, Pumpkin Picking, Hot Pop Lick-A-Thon, Corn Maze, Hot Spiked Sweet Corn Eating contest, Daisy Belle Bounce House, Pizza Eating contest, Corn Cannon, Cooking Demo by Jonathan Kasper, Local Agricultural Products, Hot Sauce Giveaways, Farm Friendly Animals, Arts & Crafts, Antiques, Pony Rides, Good Eats, Fresh Pies & Baked Goods, Farm Fresh Foods & Produce , Mums, Cornstalks, Straw & Decorations, Local Milk & Cheese, And So Much More!!! 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
Jungle Jim’s 11th Annual Weekend of Fire Oct 7, 2017 –
Oct 7, 2018
Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market
The eleventh 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
Datil Pepper Festival 2017 Oct 7, 2017 St. Johns Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL, 32092
The event will feature a Cook-Off on Saturday with several local restaurants competing. Local restaurants will choose chefs to compete in the Datil Pepper Cook-Off, creating new dishes for guests to taste. The competitors must use the datil pepper as one of the main ingredients within their dish. Guests of the festival may purchase tasting coupons to sample various items that the competitors create. After they taste the delicious appetizers and entrees, guests are invited to vote on a People’s Choice Award for each category. Professional judges will also judge the dishes separately, making the competition that much more intense. There will be a wide selection of datil pepper products, plants, and decor available for sale during the event, including rain barrels and the Master Gardener plant sale. Tours of the arboretum and community gardens will be given throughout the weekend. Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
SauceFest Oct 21, 2017 –
Oct 22, 2017
Houston, TX
Details coming soon. Website  Link Map  Map             
Second Annual Arizona Hot Sauce Expo Nov 2017 Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe, AZ
Details coming soon! Website  Link Map  Map Facebook Event RSVP  FB Page
Hops n’ Hot Sauce Festival Jan 13, 2018 Spindletap Brewery, 10622 Hirsch Rd, Houston, TX 77016
This second annual event is being held from 12 noon to 8 pm. FUN FOR ALL AGES! Spicy foods and other samples, fresh craft beer, kids area with bounce houses, hot pepper eating contest, and food trucks. 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