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Houston Comes Alive This Fall with the Texas Hot Sauce Festival!

texas-hot-sauce-festival-september-2017I’m ecstatic to report that a hot sauce festival is once again happening in the Houston, Texas area this coming Fall!

Since show producer Carol Borge lost the rights to the name Houston Hot Sauce Festival last year, both disappointed chileheads and fiery foods vendors have wondered if this beloved annual event would cease to exist or if it would ever return in some shape or form. Carol is indeed roaring back with a show that promises to be bigger and better than ever with the new Texas Hot Sauce Festival!

Borrowing the mantra of its predecessor event of “Always in September,” the Texas Hot Sauce Festival will be held on September 23 and 24, 2017 (with Saturday hours of 11am – 6pm and Sunday hours of noon – 5pm). The locale for this new THSF will be the Bayou City Event Center at 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045…

National Hot Sauce Day is Coming… January 22, 2017!


If all of you chileheads didn’t know, this coming Sunday, January 22, 2017 is National Hot Sauce Day!

Not that hot sauce addicts, heat lovers and spice junkies need any excuse to eat any fiery foods; but still, it’s a time to “officially” celebrate, knowing that the capsaicin-infused foods we all love are finally getting some publicity all
over the country.

You are encouraged to post up your hot sauce-laden foods all over Twitter, Instragram or Facebook using the hashtag #nationalhotsauceday.

You can view the “official” NSSD pages here:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nationalhotsauceday
Website: http://www.natlhotsauceday.com

Viva la Hot Sauce! Power to the Pepper!

Calling All Hot Sauce Makers! Get Listed in an Upcoming Hot Sauce Book


Enrique Monroy, Hot Sauce Shop owner and maker of Monroy’s Original Hot Sauce,  is creating new hot sauce book this is, in his hopes, as comprehensive as the original Hot Sauce Bible (written by Dave DeWitt and Chuck Evans) was. Enrique’s passion and enthusiasm for this project is bubbling over, and I am more than happy to share this latest bit of information from him.

Enrique is looking for any and all hot sauce producers to be featured in his forthcoming encyclopedia book. For the details, I will hand this over to Enrique on how to submit and where to get more info on this exciting new project…

2016 Hot Sauce Holiday Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

black-friday-cyber-monday-hot-sauce-sale-2016Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas Season Deals
The big sale is back, and we will update it as we get new additions to our listings. It usually grows as we get closer to the holiday, so if you are shopping or curious of what will be offered, then keep coming back. If you are a company that would like to add your sale to our listing, then please either email me your whole sale as you wish it to be listed, and I will link to your website or sales page OR you can post below in the comments. We will also we sharing this listing with some other chile blogs and numerous Facebook groups.

It is very important to note that we only want to include companies that have met all the legal requirements to sell products online and ship across the US. I can not speak of international law, so companies wishing to ship outside the US are free to do so at their own discretion. We encourage our Chilehead friends to support these small market companies and the small market companies to support the Chilehead Community.

A huge thanks to Al “Buddah” Goldenberg of I Love It Spicy for getting this sale together…

Want the Perfect Hot Sauce Gift Pack For the Holidays? Try the Scott Roberts Gift Set


For years, I’ve thought of somehow creating a really cool “hot sauce of the month” club or compiling a really nice multi-bottle gift set so that chileheads can try out some of the best hot sauces available. Let’s face it; we’ve all seen them, and inevitably, there will unfortunately be lackluster sauces or junk products included in these types of sets that the retailers force upon you. It’s made me ponder, “why can’t there be one package that people can buy which contains all top-notch hot sauces?

I’m excited to present the solution to that problem! I’ve collaborated with Dylan of Heat Hot Sauce Shop to give you a 100% custom-selected hot sauce gift pack. The Scott Roberts Gift Set is exactly what you’ve been looking for. It has six sauces that I’ve personally chosen as some of the best and most flavorful pepper products in the fiery foods industry today!

Local Sauce Storms on to Festival Scene – HoneyBlaze

honeyblaze-wing-sauce-logoThe Florida Festival of Flavor & Fire will be made tastier this year with the addition of the highly awarded HoneyBlaze Buffalo Sauce. Riverview native Miller Townsend, creator and owner, takes his sauce to Lakeland next weekend representing Tampa as vendors flood in from all around the country.

“We’ve had great success at festivals,” Townsend said. “People tell me they fall in love with HoneyBlaze even before first taste but at first smell.”

HoneyBlaze is manufactured in Tampa but has seen explosive growth in…

2016 Oxnard Salsa Festival

oxnard-salsa-festival 20162016 Oxnard Salsa Festival
23rd Annual Festival

Celebrating Salsa – The Food, the Music & the Dance!
July 30-31, 2016
Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free Admission and Parking

Oxnard, CA – Get ready to spice things up during the 23rd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival!  One of Oxnard’s signature events, the Oxnard Salsa Festival celebrates salsa food, music and dance on July 30-31, 2016 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard.

Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, the annual event features spicy food and hot entertainment, attracting an estimated 45,000 salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action-packed…

CookOut NYC Little Big BBQ to Feature Ribs King of NYC Ribs Cookoff, Battle of the Sides

Cookout NYC Little Big BBQ 2016Start summer off right with CookOut NYC’s Little Big BBQ, taking place Saturday, June 18th, on the East River waterfront (enter at 23rd Street). Join 10+ meat chefs and pitmasters as they compete in a ribs cookoff (inspired by Brisket King of NYC) with daytime programming to include a “Battle of the Sides” competition ($45 all-inclusive daytime session; evening all-inclusive tickets starting at $55).

The weekend before our Little Big BBQ will be the Big Apple BBQ where chefs from all over the country will compete for best in show meats. We’re taking a page from that book and one from our own with a NYC-only chef competition that will crown (a la Brisket King) a Ribs King of NYC™ (both judges and people’s choice awards will be given out). Plus, we’ll add in plenty of vegetarian options for an all-inclusive BBQ eating and drinking experience during a daytime session that will focus on great sides that go with barbecue and the evening Ribs King of NYC Cookoff. Ticketing options include:

Saturday Evening Session – All-Inclusive Ribs King of NYC Ribs Cookoff Competition (21+)

  • 5-9PM – $100 VIP ticket – includes access to special VIP seated section on the stage plus an extra hour of…

Fire Up the Grill with Some Spicy New Jolokia Products From NMSU Chile Pepper Institute

Holy Jolokia Products (Photo by Karrie Lucero)It’’s going to be a hot summer – in more ways than one –with a number of new, super-spicy products available at New Mexico State University’’s Chile Pepper Institute. Holy Jolokia mustard, ketchup and spice mixture, each produced in collaboration with CaJohn’s Fiery Foods, are the newest in the growing line of Holy Jolokia products.

““We really appreciate CaJohn’s and their assistance,”, said Paul Bosland, an NMSU Regents Professor and head of the university’s Chile Pepper Institute. “We’’ve had so much success with all of their products, which helps further our chile pepper research at the university.””

Since 2009, the Chile Pepper Institute has worked with CaJohn’s to produce and sell thousands of bottles of Holy Jolokia hot sauce, salsa, barbecue sauce, taco sauce, wing sauce and spice rub, each made with Bhut Jolokia chile peppers – also known as the “Ghost Pepper,” one of the hottest chile peppers on the planet.

“”The ketchup, the mustard, the spice, these are all going to have a kick,”” said Adan Delval, a program specialist for the Chile Pepper Institute. “”They are definitely pretty hot and perfect for backyard barbecues this summer.””

Bottles of the ketchup sell for $10. The mustard is $8 and the spice mixture is $6. All proceeds from the sale of all Holy Jolokia products go toward an endowed chair for chile pepper research at NMSU. Holy Jolokia products are available at the Chile Pepper Institute, Gerald Thomas Hall Room 265 on the NMSU campus, or online at www.chilepepperinstitute.org.

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Summer Fest – One Weekend, Three Festivals

sun-prairie-wisconsin-summer-feast-bacon-brew-bbq-festThe ultimate festival for food lovers, families & craft beer enthusiasts in Wisconsin.

The Summer Feast is a 3-day celebration from June 24-26th in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (near Madison), featuring specialty cuisines, craft beers and music. Each day, Chefs focus on different flavors which makes each day of the festival unique. There are activities for kids and adults, live music, Junior Chef Competitions and much more. The Friday & Sunday events offer free admission, are family-friendly and allow for multiple food choices at affordable prices. Saturday is for adults 21 and up and is an All-You Can Eat & Drink Festival which requires an advance ticket purchase. Enjoy three of the most unique food festivals, all in one location, all in one weekend…

Hot Sauce Festival Season Heats Up in 2016


Just when you think things couldn’t get any hotter, think again.

More fiery foods events are being set ablaze all of the U.S. this year. And while more events does not necessarily equal satisfaction and success on all levels, there are a handful of events – including a pair of new expos – that have an excellent chance of elevating the chilehead community to another exciting level. Why, you might ask? Because they are produced or co-produced by none other than Steve Seabury himself, the man behind the hugely successful New York City Hot Sauce Expo.

Both returning for a second go-around are the California Hot Sauce Expo and the NJ Taco Festival.

The California Hot Sauce Expo, scheduled for July 16th and 17th, is similar in a lot of ways to the kick-ass NYC event in its formatting, with vendors galore and spicy eating contest, just instead hosted in sunny Long Beach, CA as opposed to the cool, crisp Brooklyn streets.

The NJ Taco Festival, while alike in a…

Carol Borge to Join Chile Pepper Magazine

Carol BorgeNews courtesy of Carol Borge, producer of the Houston Hot Sauce Festival:

Exciting announcement.  As of May 5, I have a new position in the world of Chileheads.

I am very pleased and excited regarding my new position as National Sales Director for Chile Pepper Magazine. I have 15+ years experience in the Chilehead industry. I have made tons of friends and connections with “HOT” companies. Chileheads share their spicy passion for the love of food, and more, as a family with common zesty interests. A lot of you know me, or of me, in the fiery food world. I look forward to bringing great marketing opportunities to you at Chile Pepper Magazine.

I predict great things to come in this position.

Stay hot!!!

Carol Borge


A little pepper P.S. This will not effect my role with the Houston Hot Sauce Festival. I will be staying just as involved.  And doing a great job for both!!!

Patter Fam Foods Now Open!

Filter by typeFilter by dateSearch Media patter UPLOADING  1 / 1 – patter-fam-foods-now-open.jpg ATTACHMENT DETAILS  patter-fam-foods-now-openWheelersburg, Ohio – Patter Fam Foods, a full-service sauce co-packing facility, is now approved for acidic foods manufacturing.  A subsidiary of Patter Fam Sauces, LLC, it is located in the Ohio-Kentucky-West Virginia tri-state region, in the heart of some of the richest agricultural regions in the Easter U.S.

Their niche is the small producer/cottage based industry that is underserved by the co-packing industry.  They can produce in quantities as small as 10 gallons or as large as you need.  Producers can avoid the large production quantities required by most co-packers.

Patter Fam Foods is actively looking for food producers with a new product or limited budget, restaurants, or start-ups looking for a way to make their product “market ready”.  They provide consulting, branding, product development and logistic services.  They can manufacture your recipe or develop a private label line for your restaurant or food company.

As an extension of their successful Patter Fam Sauces brand, they have a proven track record for high quality food products and service.  Owner Sam Peters said, “We are dedicated to outstanding customer service and partnerships with our clients.  Our mission has always been to make every dining experience great!”

Patter Fam Foods is located at 8019 Hayport Road in Wheelersburg, OH at the intersection of Hayport Road and Old Gallia Pike.  For more information you may visit their website, or phone 740-352-2008.



The Website Has Been Redesigned!

scott-roberts-website-developerIt’s good practice to keep your website looking fresh and modern, no matter if you own a rinky-dink blog or a site that reaches millions of eyeballs everyday. As you may have noticed, ScottRobertsweb.com has gotten a sleak new design this past weekend!

Of course, I have to give the obligatory warning that “things may not be up to 100%” or “things may still have minor breaks here and there”, but the vast majority of the website should be full functional and ready for action. There is nothing drastically different about the new layout, so you really don’t have to “relearn” the website.

If you have any thoughts, let me know in the comments below. If you see anything egregious in regards to pages or sections that aren’t working correctly, please contact me, and I’ll try to get to fixing the issues as soon as I can.

Hot Sauce Giveaway Contest Drawing

I wanted to have a contest for all those unable to visit the recent Fiery Foods and BBQ Show (I’ve been in the same boat many times!) because this website is for everybody in the greater chilehead community, not just those who get to attend hot shows all the time. So I decided to give away a prize pack for one lucky individual. This past Saturday I posted a video of myself holding up a phrase on a sheet of paper and to enter the contest all one had to do was simply e-mail me that phrase.

51 people submitted entries in the time allotted, and I put their names on slips of paper in a bowl for the drawing. Watch the video to see who wins…

This is not affiliated with the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show or Sunbelt Shows, Inc.