Happy Labor Day weekend! Kitchen Garden Farms puts on an awesome hot sauce festival, and it will be my first one as a vendor. If you're in the New England area, Chilifest on September 15th and 16th is worth going to. It's right next to a corn maze, and they have a chili cook-off and hot sauce competition, spicy food, local beer, and great live music! I’ve been working on coordinating a time for getting them on the Craft Hot Sauce podcast, but in the meantime, you can read up on them here.
I’ve shared this before, but you can also look at the 2018 World Hot Sauce Festival Calendar we put together to cover as many events as possible. I noticed we even have the first-ever Hot Sauce Expo in Ireland in a couple weeks at Workmans (where I frequented when I was living in Dublin)!
I also came across this post with fun facts about hot sauce and thought you'd appreciate it: https://www.webstaurantstore.com/blog/2376/hot-sauce-facts.html
Take it easy this weekend and talk soon!
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I wanted your first note of the year to come from the hot sauce part of your life. Happy New Year! I hope you’re in good health and I’m counting on 2022 being a great year ahead.
I’m here to share a recent conversation I had, which is now on the Craft Hot Sauce Podcast. Sometimes when I write this newsletter or market a hot sauce, it’s not my most natural channel of communication. The podcast has grown to be my favorite way of connecting with the wider craft hot sauce community and sharing those experiences with you.
Hope you’re enjoying your week as we ease into the winter months. In the past couple of newsletters I’ve described the hustle and bustle of the chili pepper harvest season. I feel like the mania that built up during summer peaked a couple weeks ago at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo.
The event was everything we hoped for with lots of engagement with hot sauce enthusiasts and makers. We gave out more samples of Craic Sauce over a two day period than ever before, receiving lots of positive feedback, especially with our Brian Boru’s Curry sauce.