2014 Fiery Foods ShowPosted: March 10, 2014
The show opened to the general public (i.e. us) at 4:00 on Friday. We had tickets for both Friday and Saturday, so used the first night to do a preliminary lap and scope everything out.
Pucker Butt of South Carolina – Ed grows ridiculously hot peppers.
Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce – all proceeds go to Palo Alto Firefighters charitable fund.
Humboldt Hotsauce – we live on Humboldt Avenue, so….cool!
Los Pollos Hermanos! Lots of Breaking Bad references noted in Albuquerque and at the show, as you might imagine. I dig it.
We did two rounds on Saturday.
Intergalactic Bread Company and Space Sauce of Santa Fe – right out of the gate.
Sweet and Saucy from Colorado – oh geez. Please give me an entire jar, or ten.
Brilliant idea – a local radio station had a booth outside the convention hall, giving away ice cream sandwiches and popsicles. A very needed cool down after all the HEAT! (I also just appreciated the treats. ;-) )
Saturday found the show much more populated.
My Daddy’s BBQ of New Mexico – this was good stuff.
Golden Toad – their sauces had DT sweating.
Yampa Valley Sauce Company – sauce blends of avocado/habanero and strawberry/habanero….both very interesting and beautiful color.
SaSo – chatted with some nice guys and enjoyed their sauce.
Horsetooth Hot Sauce – DT found a local/MN connection with them. It’s small world after all.
The anxious anticipation of unwrapping a popsicle follows….
Simmie J’s – these guys had a bullhorn and were hilarious.
We had such a blast!
It was a little overwhelming at first – there was just so much. I’m glad we had both Friday and Saturday to take it all in (although for future shows I think we figured out we can get by with just one day).
Everyone we talked to was so nice and no two sauces were remotely alike – it was great to be able to try everything. There is a lot of passion and spirit behind all of these businesses and their products, it was exciting and inspiring. Maybe someday Hellraising Hot Sauce will have a booth at the Fiery Foods Show….? Perhaps! In the meantime, this was the place to see some of the best of the best, while having quite a lot of fun (and setting our mouths on fire). :-)
This is definitely on our calendar for next year – we already can’t wait!