event 2014 Events Calendar-


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Here's a list of various events and festivals scheduled for 2014 posted by the folks at ILoveItSpicy.com.  Note, at the time of this posting, they are not listed in chronological order!  Check the link right below throughout the year as there may be more events added. 
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. This originally appeared on my online chilehead events calendar. If you know of any industry shows and events that aren’t listed below, please contact Buddah or myself and we’ll try to get them up here ASAP.
ZestFest 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014 10:00-1:00 TRADE ONLY
Friday, January 24, 2014 1:00-6:00
Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:00-6:00
Saturday January 25,2014 6:00- 9:00 Crawdad Fest
Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:00-5:00
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.
Annual spicy food show hosted by Spicy Food Productions featuring cooking demos, live music and more. For more information on booth reservations for Zestfest 2014 or entries into the Fiery Food Challenge, please contact Gregory Bagarozy at 845-661-3616 or pducerp@earthlink.net.
www.zestfest2011.com If the website changes it should take you to the new one.
North Market Fiery Food Show
February 15-16, 2014 This little, but growing show has imprinted itself to be one of the most fun and intimate shows in the industry. Whether you come to sample spicy treats or enter into an eating challenge or an amateur salsa, hot sauce, guacamole or chili contest, you will find yourself extremely satisfied with attending. There will also be the Annual editions to the show with the Open House at CaJohn’s Fiery Foods on the Friday before the event and the Fiery Asian Dinner on the Saturday after the 1st day.
North Market
59 Spruce St.
Columbus, OH 43215
phone: (614) 463-9664; email: info@northmarket.com
website: www.northmarket.com
26th Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show
February 28th, 2014 to March 2, 2014 hosted by Sandia Resort and Casino, I-25 and Tramway NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Friday, February 28
11am-4pm, trade only
4pm-8pm, trade and general public
Saturday, March 1
9am-11am, trade only
11am-7pm, trade and general public
Sunday, March 2
9am-11am, trade only
11am-6pm, trade and general public
For more information, call Emily DeWitt-Cisneros at 505-873-8680.
Cajun Hot Sauce Festival
Acadiana Fairgrounds SugArena
713 Northwest Bypass (Hwy. 3212)
New Iberia, LA 70560
Friday, April 11, 2014 – 7:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 4:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.
Sunday, April 13, 2014 – 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M
SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds
713 Northwest Bypass (Highway 3212)
New Iberia, LA 70560
Facebook: CLICK ME
Includes the World Championship International Hot Sauce competition
The 18th Annual Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace
Friday and Saturday, April 11-13, 2014 at the Thomas Family Winery in Madison, Indiana.
Hot Luck on Friday 7pm-??? is where people bring a spicy dish to the event to share with each other.
On Satuday from noon-6pm they have a marketplace with vendors and cooking demos.
Sunday is the newest annual event, the Chileheads Sunday Brunch featuring spicy foods prepared by the flamboyant Hoboken Eddie!
For more information contact winery owner Steve Thomas at 1-812-273-3755 or for their website:
NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2014
March 28-29, 2014
Saturday March 28, 2014 10am-7pm
5pm is the Screaming Mi Mi Awards Presentation
Sunday March 29, 2014 10am-6pm
2pm is the Bloody Mary Mix Down
Penn Plaza Pavillion
401 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Contact: Steve Seabury – seabury32@optonline.net
Gunther’s Gourmet Gala
May 4, 2013 hosted by Michael Lampros of Gunther’s Gourmet in Richmond, VA. It is a small gathering by invite only with retail and wholesale buyers for East Coast vendors of various products. It is going on it’s 4th year and has a nominal fee of $35 which includes food and drink as chicken wings and other simple finger foods will be sampled and reviewed on site by chile bloggers. Contact Mike @ M66L66@aol.com or 804-240-1796 for information on how to attend.
Company Website Only: http://gunthersgourmet.com/
14th Annual Pinella’s Pepper Fest
June 7, 2014 10-5pm & June 8, 2014 11am-4pm
Held at the England Brothers Band Shell Park
5010 81st Avenue
Pinellas Park, FL 33780
Phone: 727-423-8433
Hosting an amateur salsa competition and Intensity Academy’s Lick-a-Thon Lollipop licking contest. Plus live music and other fun.
Website: www.pinellaspepperfest.com
Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival
July 19-20, 2014
The 2014 Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival is a celebration of Hot Sauce and Spicy foods. A regional event for the 2015 International Hot Sauce Festival, the 2014 Festival is scheduled to held at Acadian Village, Lafayette, La. in July.
Contact: Dana Romero
Phone: (337) 256-4093
Email: facebook@LaHotSauceFest.com
Oxnard Salsa Festival
July 26 & 27, 2014 (11am-7pm) – Plaza Park, Oxnard, CA
The 21th annual event of everything “salsa” – the food, the music and the dance. Spicy food, contests, and lots of entertainment.
website: www.oxnardsalsafestival.com
Contact: Email vendorapps@oxnardsalsafestival.com or leave a message at 805-247-0197.
24th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Sunday Aug 24, 2014 – Waterloo Park, Austin, TX
Popular regional festival, featuring vendors, contests, music and more.
43rd Annual Hatch Chile Festival
Aug 30 – August 31, 2014 – Hatch, NM
The large spicy foods festival which boasts over 30,000 annual visitors from all over the United States every Labor Day Weekend (Saturday & Sunday only)
Website: www.hatchchilefest.com
National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival
Aug. 30, 2014 (12pm-9pm) – Aug. 31, 2014(12pm-7pm)- Coca Cola Field, 275 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203.
This is the biggest wing event in the world, and filled with a lot of events throughout the weekend.www.buffalowing.com
Chili Weekend in Westerville
Aug 30-Aug 31, 2014- 816 Green Crest Dr., Westerville, OH 43081
Buckeye Regional Championship on Saturday
Ohio State Championship on Sunday
The 30th Annual Westerville Sertoma Antique & Classic Car Show will take place on Sunday in conjunction with the Cook-Off & Fiery Foods Marketplace featuring Ohio and Regional Specialty Food Manufacturers.
Contact CaJohn Hard for details at cajohn@cajohns.com
19th Annual Chile Pepper Food Festival
Sept 5, 2014 – Sept 6, 2014 – William Delong Park, 233 Bowers Rd, Bowers PA
Large festival in eastern Pennsylvania featuring eating contests and more.
Website: www.pepperfestival.com for details.
8th Annual North Carolina Hot Sauce Festival
Sept 13, 2014, 11am-4pm – 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: www.nchotsaucecontest.com
14th Annual I Like it Hot! Festival
September 13 & 14, 2014 – Minnreg Hall, Largo, FL
Regional event with hot sauces, chile peppers, contests and more.
Website: www.ilikeithotfestival.com
14th Annual Houston Hot Sauce Festival
Saturday, September 20, 2014 to Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX.
For Details contact Carol Bourge at (281) 558 – 3518 or carol@houstonhotsauce.com
Website: www.houstonhotsauce.com
The popular hot sauce/spicy foods show for the Houston, TX area, and one of the biggest spicy events in the country.
2nd Annual NY Smoke and Fire Food Fest
Oct 11-12, 2014 at the Boulders Stadium In Ponoma, NY.
Chile Pepper Extravaganza
Sept 28-29, 2013 – New Orleans, LA (2012 was cancelled as Chile Pepper Magazine has taken over)
This is a new and growing fiery & gourmet food show going into it’s 3rd year for the New Orleans, LA area. Details are coming soon.
Easton’s 4th Annual Chile Pepper Festival
September 20, 2014 – Centre Square, Easton, PA
24th Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
Sept 24, 2014 – Sept 28, 2014- 551 W. Cordova Road #723,
Santa Fe, NM 87505.
Phone: (505) 438-8060
Email: info@santafewineandchile.org
Website: www.santafewineandchile.org
Open Fields
“Somewhere in Central Indiana” Sept 26th, 27th, 28th, 2014
Chileheads version of Woodstock. Camp out for days, and share spicy food and drink with others of your ilk. Open Campfire at night to warm your footsies. Charity Auction to be held on the 27th for Step it Up for Charity.
Contact Jim Campbell for details with “Open Fields 2014″ in the subject line at jim@wildpepper.com
Jungle Jim’s 7th Annual Weekend of Fire
October 4, 2014 – October 5, 2014 – Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, OH.
Website: CLICK ME
The popular hot sauce/spicy foods show for the Cincinnati, OH area. The popular hot sauce/spicy foods show for the Cincinnati, OH area. Also features Heartbreaking Dawns’ Ghost Pepper Brownie Brawl Buster and other great contests.

I'll add one more for Washington State.
Sept 14, 2014, Pasco WA