While hot summer temperatures stretch on, some major events in the hot sauce world are just heating up! With fall still around the corner, the nation burns with excitement for hot sauce and hot pepper products. New Mexico is the place to be this Labor Day weekend for the “Hatch Valley Chile Festival”. The two-day event celebrates the region’s famous crop of Hatch chilies, featuring contests, samples and a carnival.
Head east the next weekend for the “North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest”. Held in Oxford, the 12th annual event brings in artisans, vendors and hot sauce enthusiasts. Sunny Florida also gets in on the fun with the “I Like It Hot! Festival”, going on the same weekend in Largo. Proclaimed the state’s largest gourmet hot sauce show, the event is full of spicy competition. Next up is the west coast for Pasco, Washington’s “Fiery Foods Festival”, guaranteed to be full of spicy food and fun. Mid-month brings about the Kiwanis Club’s annual “Pepper Festival” in St Martinville, Louisiana. It’s also a weekend-long spicy food tribute in Sunderland, Massachusetts. “Chilifest 2018!” promises everything spicy, from hot food trucks to a cook-off and an entire alley of hot sauce makers.
Time is ticking in one of the nation’s hottest cities, too. Houston ushers in the 18th annual “Texas Hot Sauce Festival” in late September. You’re sure to find hot contests and hot food on the menu. It also delivers the “Easton Farmers’ Market Chile Pepper Fest” in Pennsylvania. Visitors have the chance to pick up some tips on growing hot peppers, plus plans call for a hot sauce contest. If you can’t make it to one of the festivals, you can always heat up what’s left of summer on your own, with a wide variety of hot sauces and hot pepper products on tap all year long.