Columbus, OH Fiery Food Festival 2016

 

 

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John “CaJohn” Hard has given me the exclusive announcement just now that the North Market Fiery Food Festival from years past has now changed it’s name and the venue and looks like it is now back and bigger than ever. It was the thing to do each and every year on President’s Day Weekend until the new management at the North Market decided that it was not important enough and rented out the top floor of the Market for the next 3 years. So after missing out this past year it was a blow to the faithful vendors and chileheads who made it to the event. When CaJohn inquired about the availability of such a premium venue and downtown Columbus location as the Bluestone, (which is an old church that has turned itself into a place to hold concerts), the promoters at the Bluestone jumped at the opportunity to host it. ILoveItSpicy is the first official sponsor of the new reinvigorated Columbus Festival at the Bluestone and we are very proud to have been asked to be a part of it as we have been in past North Market Festivals. Thank you CaJohn for the honor.

So now, please get your cell phone and PC calendars updated for President’s Day Weekend in Columbus. February 13-14, 2016 is the dates now. Anyone else looking forward to having the Festival back as well as the Fiery Asian Dinner? For more information and available vendor spots, please contact CaJohn, but you better do it tomorrow because the celebration has begun with some new tasty Scorpion Beer!

The Bluestone
583 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 884-4646
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2015 World Hot Sauce Awards Results

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Condiments Division:
Chile Oil
3. Chili Beak – Spicy Roasted Chili Oil
2. Hot Licks – Hot Licks Blood Orange Habanero X Virgin Olive Oil
World Champion: Sutter Buttes Natural and Artisan Foods – Citrus Habanero Infused Olive Oil

Ketchup
3.CaJohn’s Fiery Foods – Scotch Bonnet Ketchup
2. Culley’s Chipotle Ketchup
World Champion:Uncle Roy’s Comestible Concoctions – Chillichup

Mustard
3. Uncle Roy’s Comestible Concoctions – Chocolate Chilli Mustard
2. Poca’s Hottest – Shak Nasti Cajun Honey Mustard
World Champion: River Bend Specialties, LLC. – Grandpa Spencer’s Hot & Spicy Mustard

Relish
3. Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen – Lime Leaf Sambal
2. Posh Pickles and Preserves – Sa’ Va’ Tu’o’ng ‘o’t
World Champion: B-Dubb’s Desert Inferno Hot Sauce LLC – Chow-Chow Extreme

Salad Dressing
3. Texas Brew Products/Salsa – I’m Your Huckleberry Dressing
2. Stagecoach Salsa Company – Miss Kim’s Spicy Bacon Ranch
World Champion: FrogBone Cajun Sauces – Remoulade

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2015 Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo Preview

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Sure the name of this event is called the Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo, but it is actually 3 shows in 1. Imagine buying 1 show and getting 2 shows for free. Sounds like a deal and a 1/2 at the general admission price of $7 for 1 day or $10 for 2 days. Tickets can be purchased in advance at those discounted prices HERE. So what 3 events are you getting for your ticket?

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2015 California Hot Sauce Expo

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Building on the 3-year success of the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Steve Seabury of High River Sauces is taking his show to the west coast on July 11-12, 2015. Located in Long Beach, CA at the beautiful and scenic Rainbow Lagoon Park, the inaugural event will test the elusive California Chilehead to see if this type of extravaganza is right for them. You can see by the map below how close it is to the beach. Which might be a good stop after Puckerbutt’s Guinness Book of World Records Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper Challenge. More information below about that along with the entire schedule of events. There will be some interesting eating competitions here that include Ramen Noodles, Footlong Hot Dogs, Spicy Tacos, Spicy Burritos and it seems someone also wants to bring our Pizza Eating Contest west coast too. I hope they will do us proud since we were the innovators.

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REVIEWS: Crazy Good – S. Ri Ra Cha

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Chinese describe the rooster with words like Pride, Honesty, Courage, Arrogance & Flamboyance. Celtic and Norse lore describe the rooster as a creature of the underworld. Specifically the cock served as messenger of the Underworld, screeching out warnings in danger, and calling out for the souls fallen in battle. Ri Ra in Gaelic means chaos, disorder, fun, excitement and mayhem and was often shouted in battle. In Spanish and Mexican lore, a black rooster is an omen of death, associated with pagan sacrifice.

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Welcome to Chilehead Monthly

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For those that do not know me, I am Al “Buddah” Goldenberg, the owner of ILoveItSpicy.com and the creator of this very Chilehead Monthly newsletter. I wanted to create a newsletter that pulls in some of the very talented individuals that make up the ever-growing Chilehead Community. I have asked some people you will know from Facebook or YouTube, and others you might not know of at first, but you will get to know through their columns they will write to you each and every month. Each Writer we have assembled here has some form of passion that drives them. I have asked each writer to give us a little of that in this month’s column. We wanted introductions and that is what we are giving you. I asked for some spicy recipe ideas and we have a few of those as well. I even got 2 spicy product makers to talk about their experiences in 2 of the big fiery food festivals in July. You can check out our recently updated Spicy Events Schedule HERE.

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The Ins & Outs of the Chicago Spicy Festivals

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Never before have we had a fiery food festival in the Windy City, and in 2015 we do not just have 1, we have 2. Not only that, they are just 2 weeks apart from each other. The question is why? I am here to answer that question and many more you might have. Plus, give you a reason why both events are more than worth your time.

Before we get to each show, let us answer that question above with a little background detail. When someone sees the NYC Hot Sauce Expo succeed you begin to wonder if you took it to another big metro area would it succeed there? So much credit goes out to Steve Seabury of High River Sauces for his fortitude and hustle to make that event the success it is. He is trying to show he can do it in Long Beach, California next month with his 1st Annual California Hot Sauce Expo. Much of that success might inspire those in other events to raise their game. Two men in our Chileheads community had a dream to bring an event to Chicago, but neither one knew about the others’ plans. The wheels were in motion and money was paid to secure licenses, contracts and venues. By the time the first show made their grand announcement it was too late to turn back for the other.

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Water for Zambia, Hot Sauce for You

Water for Zambia is a relief project led by Emily McKeone, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Zambia, Africa. Emily’s goal is to provide daily access to clean drinking water for schools and villagers in rural Zambia. Learn more at the project website.

 

A zesty way to support Water for Zambia: Donate $25 to the Water for Zambia project, get two Dirt Nap Dip sauces delivered to your door (free shipping).

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REVIEW: Dashelitos – Sweet Heat, Red Honey, & Green Fire

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All Natural Hot Sauces with Flavor
Dashelito’s hot sauce is made in Wisconsin in small batches especially for you by Robert Grether and named after his son Dashel! Dashelito’s products use no preservatives or chemical additives. Chances are that you don’t use ingredients like xanthan gum in your kitchen and neither do we.

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Hop Sauce Fest 2015 Recap

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The weather could not have been any better for an outside beach event. The best attribute about this festival is that this is a tourist area that brings in a very young clientele. They do not seem put off by trying new things and with the added liquid courage, they seem intent in trying it all. With only 18 hot sauce vendors, and with no desire to drink the hops I was only going to truly enjoy myself if I got involved in some way. Seeing that Johnny McLaughlin from Heartbreaking Dawns, Steve Seabury from High River Sauces and Austin D’Almeida from Jersey Barnfire were working their booths solo I decided to help them briefly during a busy time of the Festival. I took turns at each booth and I totally had a blast shilling spicy products. Mind you the only time I witnessed it slow was in the last 45 minutes of the event. My favorite part of the event was definitely working those booths, but meeting and talking to my vendor friends is always a highlight whenever I attend these events.

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Hop Sauce Fest 2015 – Why Should You Be There?

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Before I actually explain why you should be at this event tomorrow on the Jersey Shore, let me first explain what the Hop Sauce Festival is. Imagine an event that combines the love of spicy things with the love of beer. Add in an ongoing music concert, the love of good food and place it on the Jersey Shore at Long Beach Island, and then you might get the idea of what is going down. By the reactions of some of the hot sauce vendors that attended last year, this was quite the place to be at the inaugural event. I did not attend, instead choosing to do the upstart Kempton Pepper Jam, which was more like a Farmer’s Market that an event like this Hop Sauce Festival seems to be. I was not disappointed in my trip because I got to try some amazing new products, but I was jealous at the fanfare this event received. So I am hopping in my jalopy early in the morn and going 4 hours north to see what the hubbub is all about.

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2015 NYC Hot Sauce Expo: History in the Making

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For those of you that made it down to the 3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo, you found yourself in the middle of something special. One of the most important moments this industry/community has ever had was the Inaugural Hot Sauce Hall of Fame. We got to see 5 of the biggest names inducted live in what will be a start of something bigger than all of us. I was lucky enough to induct the great Dave Hirschkop of Dave’s Insanity Sauce fame. It all started with Tabasco creator Edmund McIlhenny as the first inductee as it should be. The other 3 greats were the ever-entertaining Chip Hearn of Peppers, the legendary Pope of Peppers Dave DeWitt, and the most award winning hot sauce maker of all time, CaJohn Hard. Chip, the Pope and CaJohn all received their official HoF red jackets and rings in person on stage. I felt like I was apart of something truly great and even got myself in a couple of pictures with the legends. I can not thank host, promoter and visionary Steve Seabury enough for giving me the honor to be a part of this historical moment. Hear what Dave DeWitt said about his experience on his blog: CLICK ME

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Screaming Mi Mi Awards Results

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The NYC Hot Sauce Expo is proud to announce the 2015 Screaming Mi Mi Award winners. With hundreds of entries the winners were selected by blind taste test by New Yorks finest and brightest in the culinary industry. The panel consisted of chefs from FOX, CBS and Food Networks, Food Critics from NYC Newspapers, Bloggers, Magazines, Hot Sauce Retailers, Wholesalers and some of NYC’s Top Chefs. The Screaming Mi Mi Awards have been creating a large industry buzz within the Hot Sauce Community. Past winners have received features on TV, magazines, newspapers creating a profile that has lead for their product distributed by wholesalers and national retail outlets.

The Screaming Mi Mi Awards were presented in front of the media and live audience on Saturday April 24th at the 3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo. This was a year to remember with some amazing highlights. CaJohn’s took the Three-Peat in the Louisiana Style Hot Sauce with their Firehouse Hot Sauce, Defcon Sauces took the first ever sweep in Screaming Mi Mi history collecting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Chicken Wing category and Brooklyn newcomer Queen Majesty took 2 Screaming Mi Mi’s in the Jalapeno and All Natural categories. It was a tightly scored competition and the winners are very much deserved.

2015 Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners

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Interview with Dave Hirschkop of Dave’s Gourmet

This is an interview I did back on July 2011 with the great Dave Hirschkop. For those not in the know, he is the maker of the infamous Dave’s Insanity Sauce. Dave is now being going to be inducted into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame this Saturday April 25th, 2015 at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo. I have the extreme honor to introduce Dave at the ceremony. So I figure why not dig up the old interview and share it with those of you that have never seen it. My apologies for talking way too much. No I am not on speed or any other drugs. That is just me babbling as I normally do. I was not prepared for the interview, and you can tell by my questions, I was truly winging it. Bear with those issues, as Dave shares much with me over the course of the interview. Thanks to Dave for giving me the time.

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