The North Market’s Fiery Foods Festival Weekend in Columbus, Ohio has been one of the “best kept secrets” in the spicy food scene during its five or so years of it being held.
It’s been hosted by the lively North Market – a large indoor farmers market full of food merchants of all kinds – and has a more intimate and more quaint feel than typical larger trade shows held inside a convention center. That cozier feel, combined with some audience-pleasing food contests, have made this a “must-see” event for those who reside in the Midwest or the Mid-Atlantic states. It’s one of my personal favorite fiery foods shows of the year and I recommend any chilehead attend the North Market at least once.
Well, for the first time this festival is now a week-long celebration, having been expanded from a weekends-only event! This year it will be held from Monday, February 10, 2014 through Sunday, February 16, 2014.
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; as a matter of fact, the North Market’s website page for the Fiery Foods Week Celebration promises that event details will be posted up on their official Facebook page after January 27.