Chile Pepper Fiesta
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Although the Chile Pepper Fiesta
has taken place for twenty years, it was the first time Allen and I attended. We each brought a big bag knowing we would be purchasing spicy goods to bring home for future coverage on the blog. We visited most of the vendors in the Osborne Garden. There were live performances, workshops and other events throughout the Brooklyn Botanic Garden that we did not get to.
I was thrilled when I noticed that half of the vendors were part of Chocolate Debauchery
. Chocolate Debauchery
featured vendors selling and sampling their goods such as spicy chocolates, "hot" chocolate, spicy cupcakes, spicy brownies, spicy caramel sauce, cookies, and more. This is a heat seekers paradise!
|Chile Pepper Fiesta|
The other half, Feel The Burn!
featured vendors selling everything from Ghost Pepper seeds, spicy pickles and canned goods, hot sauces, salsas, kimchi, and spicy chutneys. If you are a spice head, this festival will make you euphoric, a state reached by Allen after trying too much hot sauce. It was good the weather was cool and overcast otherwise, the heat on heat would have been too much for me. The balance of chocolate and spicy worked great and I tasted chocolates with habanero and chipotle. Enjoy the photos highlights of the Chile Pepper Fiesta.
|Allen With Chef Johnny McLaughlin from Heartbreaking Dawns Hot Sauce|
|Heartbreaking Dawns Scorpion Sauces, extreme heat!|
|Bad Blood & Night In Hell Heartbreaking Dawns - yikes!|
It was great to finally meet Chef Johnny McLaughlin from Heartbreaking Dawns
as Allen has wanted to meet him at food demos but dates never lined up. Heartbreaking Dawns is the Hudson Valley, NY and Tri-State Area's premier producer of all-natural artisan sauces and spice blends. We have featured Heartbreaking Dawns on the blog previously and have more recipes upcoming to share. Allen is a huge fan of this hot sauce and I love the milder hot sauces. If you are into serious heat Heartbreaking Dawns is for you.
|Heartbreaking Dawns Hot Sauces!|
|Heartbreaking Dawns Trinidad Scorpion Chocolate, original & strawberry!|
Allen and I liked samples we tried from Taza Chocolate
and bought Chipotle Chili Mexican Chocolate.
|Taza Chocolate, I bought Chipotle Chili :)|
|Bell River Brand Sauces|
Allen has been corresponding with High River Sauces
via email and recently ordered a t-shirt and some hot sauce. High River Sauces is the brainchild of Steve Seabury, cookbook author of Mosh Potatoes Recipes, Anecdotes And Mayhem From The Heavyweights Of Heavy Metal
. Seabury is also a music industry veteran and food fanatic. High River Sauces are made from organic ingredients to satisfy your heat craves.
|High River Sauces, Steve Seabury (left)|
|High River Sacues|
Chris Caffery, lead guitarist of Trans-Siberian Orchestra
wrote the forward to Seabury's cookbook and is a serious foodie. Caffery has unleashed Tears Of The Sun Hot Sauce and it has a serious kick and welcoming heat. Mosh Potatoes was for sale and Seabury was signing copies and selling their hot sauces and t-shirts. I wish I had brought my copy of the cookbook for him to sign. Allen got a taste of two sauces that are forthcoming and liked them both.
|Chris Caffery's Tears Of The Sun Hot Sauce |
|High River Sauces|
|Allen with Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Savatage)|
Tumbador Chocolate had some tasty chocolate. I especially liked the Dulce De Chile bar so much I bought one.
|Tumbador Chocolate, I got a Dulce De Chile bar, yum!|
|Mike's Hot Honey|
offer a fine selection of hot sauces from mild to extreme deadly heat. Allen tried and survived the Zombie Apocalypse
hot sauce made with ghost peppers. Allen told me about this company from his online correspondence with them and recently made a pledge to their kickstarter fundraiser campaign. I cannot wait to make some ribs with Torchbearer Sauces Honey Barbeque Mild. Yum.
|Torchbearer Sauces featuring ghost peppers Rapture and Zombie Apocalypse|
|Allen after trying The Zombie Apocalypse hot sauce!|
The Chocolate Room
offered a great selection of chocolate goods.
|The Chocolate Room|
Allen has met Kenya from Guyank Brand LLC Sweet Hot Pepper Sauce
a few times this year at some other events so it was a welcome face to see. Kenya was very busy giving out samples and selling his hot sauces. I bought some "hot" fudge after I tried a sample. The fudge was packed with chocolately goodness and has a slight kick from the hot sauce.
|Guyank Brand LLC Sweet Hot Pepper Sauce |
|Guyank Brand LLC Sweet Hot Pepper Sauce |
I tried a sample called Sea Salt & Nibs from Madécasse Chocolate
and loved it and bought one too. Madécasse Chocolate was formed by Peace Corps volunteers who fell in love with the country and people in Madagascar. The cocoa is bought directly from local farmers, and the chocolate and production process is done in Madagascar.
We really enjoyed checking out Jordan Brenner's Hot-Cha WAA-Cha Sauces
and Allen bought Strawberry Habanero Hot Sauce which was super spicy but had a great taste from the combination of strawberry and habanero.
|Jordan Brenner's Hot-Cha WAA-Cha Sauces |
|Jordan Brenner with Allen |
offered a variety of chocolate confections and bars. Allen liked the Smoky Corn On the Cob sample and bought one.
Piñata Hot Sauce
had a lovely display of their hot sauces. Allen enjoyed sampling their hot sauces featuring tropical fruit and different levels of heat.
|Piñata Hot Sauce|
were sampling and selling cookies, chocolate bars, brownies, toasted coconut marshmallows and were one of my favorites of the day.
Allen felt the burn from trying some of 303
and he loved it! 303 have a broad selection of salsas and hot sauces from mild to extreme heat.
|303, nice dried peppers|
Allen bought The Scorpion Stinger Caramel Chocolates (pictured below with the scorpion design) from The Madison Chocolatier
and I wish him luck eating those super spicy delights.
|The Madison Chocolatier|
|Grace Foods had lots of hot sauce selections|
The Brooklyn Salsa Company
|Rescue Chocolate, buy their chocolate for a great cause|
featured a fine selection of salsas representing each of the NYC boroughs. Go Bronx!
|The Brooklyn Salsa Company|
|The Brooklyn Salsa Company, The Bronx|
|Raaka Chocolate was yummy! |
|Allen having fun at the Chile Pepper Fiesta!|
sell bhut jolokia also known as ghost pepper. Bhut Pepper were selling everything ghost pepper seeds, ghost pepper watermelon candy, hot sauces and spices. Allen bought some ghost pepper seeds.
Whimsy & Spice
had a great selection of baked goods. I bought Honey Lavender Shortbread Cookies.
|Whimsy & Spice |
were selling spicy cupcakes and brownies and they looked pretty and so yummy.
|Sour Puss Pickles|
I tried some Spoonable
Caramel Sauce and it was way too spicy for me. It had a great taste though.
Allen really like the kimchi he sampled from Mrs. Kim's Kimchi
|Mrs. Kim's Kimchi |
|Mama O's Premium Kimchi|
|Redhead Hot Sauce|
|Horman's Best Pickles|
|Karma Sauce |
For further information on some of the vendors we visited, go to:
Heartbreaking Dawns - www.HeartbreakingDawns.com
JoMart Chocolates - www.JoMartChocolates.com
Torchbearer Sauces - www.torchbearersauces.com
Lagusta's Luscious - www.lagustasluscious.com
High River Sauces - www.highriversauces.com
Tears Of The Sun Hot Sauce / Chris Caffery - www.chriscaffery.com
Rescue Chocolate - www.rescuechocolate.com
Mike's Hot Honey - www.mikeshothoney.com/Home.html
Guyank Brand LLC Sweet Hot Pepper Sauce - www.guyankbrand.com
Raaka - www.raakachocolate.com
Robicelli's Bakery - www.robicellis.com
The Chocolate Room - www.thechocolateroombrooklyn.com
303 Salsas - www.303gourmet.com
The Brooklyn Salsa Company - www.bksalsa.com
Grace Foods - www.gracefoods.com
Bixby Bar - www.bixbyco.com
Jordan Brenner's Hot-Cha WAA-Cha Sauces - www.jordanssauces.com
Chocolate Bar NYC - www.chocolatebarnyc.com
Bellocq Tea Atelier - www.bellocq.com
Whimsy & Spice - www.whimsyandspice.com
NYC Hot Sauce Company - www.nychotsauceco.com
Madécasse Chocolates - www.madecasse.com
The Madison Chocolatier - www.madisonchocolatier.com
Bhut Pepper - www.bhut-pepper.com
Mrs. Kim's Kimchi - www.mrskimskimchi.com
Redhead Hot Sauce - www.redheadhotsauce.com
Horman's Best Pickles - www.hormansbestpickles.com
Rick's Picks - www.rickspicksnyc.com
The Saucey Sauce Co. - www.getsauceynow.com
Taza Chocolate - www.tazachocolate.com
Tumbador Chocolate - www.tumbadorchocolate.com/
Mama O's Premium Kimchi - www.kimchirules.com
Piñata Hot Sauce - http://pinatahotsauce.com/
Sour Puss Pickles - http://www.sourpusspickles.com/
Karma Sauce - http://karmasauce.com/
Spoonable - www.spoonablellc.com/classic-salty-caramels/
-Sophia and Allen/Two Frys