Chili, Hot Peppers, Chile Pepper and Hot Sauce  Festivals in 2023: Where, When and More to Find an Chili, Hot Peppers, Chile Pepper and Hot Sauce Festival Near You!

Looking for a Chili, Hot Peppers, Chile Pepper and Hot Sauce festival in December 2023? There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! Chili, Hot Peppers, Chile Pepper and Hot Sauce festivals are held through the United States, Canada, Britain, and Australia and much of the world. All the Chili, Hot Peppers, Chile Pepper and Hot Sauce festivals we can find are listed on this page! If you love chile peppers, look for a festival near you below! And I'm looking for more Chili, Hot Peppers, Chile Pepper and Hot Sauce festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

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  • Anaheim California Hot Sauce Expo - (Dates TBA) Last held in 2018
    Anaheim, California
  • Auburn Pepper Festival - September, last held in 2019
    Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St Auburn, CA 95603. Food. Music. Fun. Hot Sauces. & Peppers! A family-friendly event raising funds for local children's charities (The Markie Foundation and Child Advocates of Placer County - CASA).
    Featuring Live, Upbeat Bands and Entertainers, Hot Sauce Expo with 20+ small batch hot sauce and salsa companies from around the world, Incredible Food Trucks, Celebrity Chef Workshops, Great Shopping, Hot Pepper Eating Contest, Pepper Produce and an Adult Bounce House (yes, that's real).
  • Old Boney Mtn Hot Summer Night Festival - July 4 pm to 6 pm  (it was held in 2021!)
    Thousand Oaks, CA. Attend the virtual event live in person at the beautiful Palm Gardens Hotel in Thousand Oaks CA. Purchase includes event entry, live music, samplings of food, hot sauce, craft beer, wine, and the famous Holdren's "Old Boney Jarhead Red & Grotto Dust" Bloody Mary to enjoy while watching the virtual event filming live.

ColoradoApple festivals

  • Chile & Frijoles Festival - September 24th-26th, 2021, Friday 3 pm to 12 am, Saturday 10 am to 12 am, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
    Historic Downtown Pueblo/Union Avenue, Pueblo, Colorado. 2021 Price $5 gate admission. The 27th Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival is being planned in full force! After a year of downsized events, we are happy to announce we are planning at full scale. In some places, the sight of falling leaves is synonymous with fall. In Pueblo, the savory aroma of roasting chilies signals summer's end. This is Pueblo's harvest celebration. The festival is hosted by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. Every year, thousands pay homage to Pueblo's best-loved crop: green chilies, particularly Pueblo Chile.  The event features live entertainment, street vendors, cooking competitions, and chilies, chilies, chilies! Held downtown along Union Avenue, the festival draws Pueblo residents as well as people from across the state and around the nation.


  • Hot Pepper Festival - September 9, 2019
    Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT



  • Datil Pepper Festival - October 2 & 3, 2021, Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm, Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm,
    St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092. Admission and Parking: Free. . Visitors will have a chance to learn about local agriculture by attending educational programs, enjoy datil-inspired food during the restaurant competition, and visit vendors with a wide selection of datil pepper products. Past vendor booths have sold datil products such as sauces and jellies, plants, tea, honey and more! The UF/IFAS St. Johns County Extension Agents, Staff and Master Gardener/4-H Volunteers will provide educational programming that will include a plant clinic, Florida Friendly Landscaping,  tours of the SJC Extension Arboretum and much more at the festival. The festival includes our "Datil Pepper Restaurant Cook-Off" contest which provides an opportunity for local restaurants to compete for the favorite datil-inspired dish of the day.  Visitors can sample these dishes by making a small donation and receiving food tickets. Participants are invited to vote on the DPF People's Choice Award while a panel of local judges will also determine the DPF Professional Award for each category. There will also be an amateur and vendor/professional Datil Pepper Hot Sauce Contest, with winners being announced on Sunday. Those in the professional category must be attending as a vendor, and those in the amateur category are expected to follow Cottage Food Law practices. Both hot sauce contests will be judged by a panel of spicy-food enthusiasts.
  • I like it Hot! Festival - September 11, 2021 from 10am til 5pmand September 12, 2021 from 11am til 4pm
    Largo Event Center, 6340 126th Ave N, Largo, FL. FREE Admission, FREE PARKING!! HOT Competitions, All Weekend long! Including... Pepper Eating Contest, Amateur Hot Sauce Competition, Amateur Salsa Competition, Amateur BBQ Sauce Competition, Hot Hula Hoop Contest, Extreme Lolly Lick-A-Thon, Frozen T-Shirt Contest, Favorite Vendor Concoction & Favorite Vendor Competition. Be a Part of the HOT FUN!!!
  • Pinellas Pepper Fest - April.
    Pinellas Pepper Fest, 5010 81st Ave N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781, Pinellas Pepper Fest is Coming Back in 2022  for the Pinellas Pepper Fest 15th Annual Hot & Spicy Show & it will be spicier than ever!



  • Chi Town Hot Sauce Expo - Saturday and Sunday in late June  (Thanks to pandemic lockdowns, the last one was in 2019, who knows if or when they will have it again... Maybe when Dr. Fauci retires...)
    SeatGeek Stadium, 7000 S Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, IL 60455. Chicago, Illinois area. Chi Town Hot Sauce Expo Facebook page.
  • Midwest Wing Fest - late August or Early September, the info on their website is one or 2 years old...
    Fairview Heights, Illinois. Although we are a dedicated wing festival, you can expect food items ranging from pulled pork to chili dogs to just about anything you can dream of. We are pretty much an ALL OUT food and music festival. We do all of this to have a great time but let's not forget our mission is to raise money for Disabled Veteran causes! Even if you cannot make it to the event, please check out our donation page. Every dollar truly counts.


  • Indiana Hot Luck and Fiery Foods - April, if they decide to have it again...
    Madison, Indiana. Held for over 30 years. Well, not until lockdown mania took over.  Hasn't been he;ld since 2019, and who knows when they will have the Swedish meatballs to hold it again! Here's what they used to say about it: Annual Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace, A weekend-long celebration of Hot and Fiery Foods!  Friday Night 7pm-? Hot Luck-Bring your spicy dishes and recipe cards to trade! Saturday Noon-6pm Fiery Foods Marketplace: Sample and purchase salsas, sauces, dried and fresh spices, hot breads, chili powder, vinegar, and pepper plants, as well as meet and chat with vendors. Big Green Egg (From Steinhardt Heating and Cooling) and other food demos throughout the day. The Annual Salsa-making Competition (samples dropped off by 1pm and judged, announcements around 6pm) Live Music by Rusty Bladen starting at 6pm!  Sunday 11-2 pm: Elizabeth's Sunday Bagels & Jam Toasted Bagels with jams, cheeses, salmon, charcuterie, coffee Mimosas and live Jazz



  • St. Martinville Pepper Festival - Mid September... except there is nothing on their website and it was canceled in 2020.  Seeing a theme here?
    St. Martinville, Louisiana is the home of Tabasco sauce!. The St. Martinville Kiwanis Club would have hosted their 2020 Pepper Festival Pageant on July 18, 2020 at the St. Martin Parish Sheriff Training Academy... except they canceled it. Do you want to part of the hottest festival around than join us for the 202? Pepper Festival Pageant!




  • Chilifest - September18, 2021 to September 19, 2021 (2020 was canceled so don't hold your breath; my guess is the weenie out and cancel again.  Maybe they should have a weenie roast fest imstead.
    Sunderland, Massachusetts. Chilifest is a full weekend celebrating all things spicy! Great food, live music, local beer, hot sauce tasting & competition on Saturday and Sunday. Chilifest facebook page.





New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

  • Hatch Valley Chile Festival - late August or early September, no update on their website since 2019...
    Hatch, New Mexico.  the annual Hatch Chile Festival, a two-day celebration of our world-famous crop. The festival attracts over 30,000 visitors from all over the United States, including such notables as the Food Network and the BBC. Festival goers can sample famed chile recipes, watch the crowning of the chile festival queen, or toss a horseshoe in celebration of our most famous crop. The event also features chile ristra contests, artisan and food booths, and a carnival
  • National Fiery Foods Show - March, MARCH 4-6, 2022
    Albuquerque, New Mexico. Held for over 30 years. Well, not in 2020 or 2021... NATIONAL FIERY FOODS & BBQ SHOW RESCHEDULED DUE TO COVID-19

New York

North Carolina

  • North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest - The 15th Annual Hot Sauce Contest will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 11 am - 5 pm
    Oxford, North Carolina. Come sample and purchase barbecue and hot sauces, and locally crafted products. You will not want to miss the food-trucks, selected crafted brews, unique sounds from local bands, witness the pepper eating contest, classic car show and cheer for you favorite sauce to win a 2021 medal naming best sauces. All applicants will be required to read, sign and return the Covid-19 Guidelines Form.


  • Jungle Jim's Weekend of Fire - October, no dates yet for this year. How much you want to bet they will cancel it?
    The Oscar Event Center, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH 45014. Email: In case you didn't know, we're serious about Fiery Foods at Jungle Jim's. With more than 1,500 hot sauces, and hundreds of BBQ sauces, spices and rubs, wing sauces, salsas, and mustards, our Fiery Foods Department is ready to spice things up and take it over the top! From mild to wild, simple to complex, and right around the corner to across the globe, we know Fiery Foods. Just look for the Fire Truck inside the store, and follow it to one of the largest and most flavorful collections in the region. Hot sauce, salsas, mustards, rubs, hot sauce, marinades, beef jerky, and, oh, did we mention hot sauce? We're thrilled to announce that the 13th annual Weekend of Fire will take place on at The Oscar Event Center! This year, we're bringing you more samples, more fiery foods, and more heat with brand new competitions, newly-imagined WOFI awards, and plenty of the spicy foods that you love! Join us at the Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim's Fairfield to sample and celebrate hundreds of fiery foods and, most of all, to have fun!



South Carolina

South Dakota





Washington (state)

  • Fiery Foods Festival - September, but of course, it's been canceled indefinitely..
    110 S 4th Ave Pasco, WA 99301. The Fiery Foods Festival is a multicultural event where you can bring the entire family, taste exciting food, listen to great music, and spice up your day! The event is brought to you by Downtown Pasco DPA, a non-profit 501-C3 organization. Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to indulge in Downtown Pasco's Fiery Foods Festival - a combination of bold flavors, exciting cultures, a celebration of food, fun, and music. It is a place where you can bring the entire family, shop from local vendors, taste exciting food, listen to great music, and spice up your day!

West Virginia


  • Pepper Fest - August 20, 2021 to August 22, 2021, Friday: 5 pm to 11:30 pm, Saturday: 12:30 pm to 11:30 pm, Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm
    400 7th Street N, Hudson, WI 54016. Pepper Fest is a three-day celebration that honors the North Hudson, Wisconsin community's Italian heritage with homemade Italian food, a beer garden, live entertainment, contests, rides, a parade, a queen coronation and more!



British Columbia


Nova Scotia


  • Heatwave Hot Sauce Expo - AUGUST 28 & 29, 2021 :: Saturday: 12p - 7pm :: Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm ::
    London, Ontario, Canada. Budweiser Gardens. We couldn't let 2021 go by without another Heatwave Hot Sauce Expo so we are very pleased to announce the Summer Market at Budweiser Gardens.It's just like the regular Heatwave except outside under the sun to make things even hotter and we will be subject to some covid safety protocols so we can't get too crazy but it's still gonna be real spicy! At the summer edition you mingle with 35 unique producers of spicy sauces that register on the Scoville heat index from mild to extremely freakin' wild with a range of flavours that go from sweet and savory to maximum heat.  After you have collected your sauce jump over to the large outdoor patio and grab chicken wings or fried pita to dab that hot sauce on. And of course wash it all down with ice cold beverages on the licensed patio.  Stay tuned for further updates on participating vendors and entertainment.And because eating hot sauce isn't just tasty it's also a challenge we will be announcing contests and heat eating challenges that can take place at the Summer edition. (exact roll-out of contests pending on covid guidelines, bare with us for a lil' bit, we are gonna pull off something really fun)


Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)












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