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Chile Pepper Festival 2016 Part 2

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Chile Pepper Festival 2016 Part 2

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Saturday, October 1


Chocolate Debauchery

Some Fine Goods Sophia purchased for our blog pantry

Laurie & Sons
Located in Harlem, NY Laurie & Sons chocolate toffee and brittle are all natural, gluten free and made with fair trade chocolate. This company also make their products with many organic, local and sustainably sourced ingredients. I loved the Pumpkin spice Toffee I bought. It was crispy and not too overpowering with pumpkin spice. The flavors were balanced, buttery, and not too sweet, which is a plus for me.

Laurie & Sons
Lululosophy Artisan Chocolates
Lululosophy offers a sumptuous line of chocolates influenced by flavors of the Far East. I bought a chocolate ginger bar and it was heavenly. The taste from the rich ginger blended perfectly with the chocolate.

Lululosophy Artisan Chocolates
Lululosophy Artisan Chocolates

MarieBelle New York
I found the packaging design appealing in every way, and the presentation of this booth was beautiful. I purchased two chocolates Milk Chocolate with Orange, and Strawberry and White Chocolate and enjoyed every bite. The taste of the chocolate was rich and decadent. MarieBelle New York offer a robust line of chocolates from Honduras and chocolate making goes from bean to bar. MarieBelle have two locations, Brooklyn and New York City. The selection is plentiful and the varied flavor combinations are great.

MarieBelle New York
MarieBelle New York

Whimsy & Spice
I bought Chocolate Gingersnaps from Whimsy & Spice and Allen and I enjoyed eating these cookies. They were perfectly crisp, full of chocolate and ginger flavor, and not too sweet.

Whimsy Spice

The Chocolate Room

The Chocolate Room


Haute Chocolate


Haute Chocolate
Hernan Mexican Mole

Hernan Mexican Mole
Hernan Mexican Mole

Little Bird Chocolates


Little Bird Chocolates

Raaka Chocolate


Raaka Chocolate
Raaka Chocolate

JoMart Chocolates


JoMart Chocolates

Sans Bakery

Sans Bakery

Tumbador Chocolate


Tumbador Chocolate

Rescue Chocolate


Rescue Chocolate

Combustible Condiments Area

Combustible Condiments Crowd

Anarchy in a Jar
I bought Strawberry Rhubarb Jam from Brooklyn-based small batch co. Anarchy in a Jar. The ingredients are strawberries, rhubarb, organic sugar, lemon juice, hibiscus, all natural pectin. No junk or fillers. Cannot wait to eat it up.

Anarchy in a Jar

Jacky's Jams & Jellies
We have seen New Jersey-based Jacky's Jams & Jellies at various hot sauce events and I finally bought a mild heat Blueberry Pepper Jam. Jacky's offer a diverse line of handmade gourmet pepper jams and jellies from mild to extreme heat. Their products are gluten free, all natural and fat free.

Jacky's Jams & Jellies

Woodward Extract Co.
I bought Lavender Extract from owner Amy Nazer of Woodward Extract Co and look forward to baking with it. The smell was divine and hope to order more from her in the future. One feature item was the Bird's Eye Chili Extract perfect for heat lovers. Two other extracts available for purchase were Cardamom and Bourbon + Vanilla.

Woodward Extract Co.

Cantina Royal (303 Salsas)
303 Salsas is now Cantina Royal thus branding their salsas in their Brooklyn restaurants name. Cantina Royal have a wide variety of different flavor profile hot sauces. The recipes made by an established chef stand out. Many of the sauces are Mexican style with unique twists. These sauces have heat as well as bold flavors.

Cantina Royal
Cantina Royal

Mama Margarita's Salsa
Allen met the creators and staff of Mama Margarita's Salsa. They make some very fresh tasting and hearty salsas. I was given a sample plate of 3 nacho chips with all 3 salsas, one on each chip. I found the flavors very good and would buy this salsa regularly if it was in our supermarket or local specialty store.

Mama Margarita's Salsa

We Rub You
We Rub You makes Korean style BBQ sauces, one of which is award winning. I tried them all and really loved the flavors. We Rub You has an Original as well as a spicier hotter version. The combination of the chiles, spices, and sweetness of their sauces is a great fusion. We Rub You is great on pork, chicken and other meat dishes and also great for dipping sauces.

We Rub You

Elvio's Chimichurri


Elvio's Chimichurri
Elvio's Chimichurri Staff

Nafi's Hot Pepper Condiments


Nafi's Hot Pepper Condiments

Momo Dressing


Momo Dressing

Gustavo's Salsa


Gustavo's Salsa - Chipotle

City Saucery Nonna's Spicy Sauce


City Saucery Nonna's Spicy Sauce
City Saucery Nonna's Spicy Sauce Staff


Pierre's Spicy Peanut Butter

Pierre's Spicy Peanut Butter

Josephine's Feast


Josephine's Feast
Josephine's Feast

Sahadi's Souk
In operation since 1895 in Brooklyn, Sahadi's Souk featured many Middle Eastern products at the festival. They had a huge tent and a large selection of spicy and hot goods from their retail store in Brooklyn. I was impressed with the variety of condiments and spaces available for sale. I was happy to see they had some hot sauces for local hot sauce companies that did not have a booth. This was a great opportunity to buy some local sauces from the five boroughs without having to order them online and pay shipping. I purchased some great products like a stick of Chile Pepper encrusted Salami and a unique Sriracha Gouda Cheese. We are going to visit the retail store eventually and be sure to take pictures for Two Frys. Sahadi's Souk have great spices and food items that I highly recommend. The staff was friendly, courteous and helpful.

Sahadi's Souk Tent
Sahadi's Souk Condiments
Sahadi's Souk Foodstuffs
Sahadi's Souk - Spices Galore

Hi-Scoville Sweets Section


Hi-Scoville Sweets, Allen posing at the sign

OddFellow's Ice Cream Co.


OddFellow's Ice Cream Co. - Hot Sauce Ice Cream 

Mike's Hot Honey


Mike's Hot Honey is great stuff

La Newyorkina


La Newyorkina

Piquant Pickles & Such Section


Piquant Pickles & Such

Rick's Picks


Rick's Picks great pickled goods

Holy Schmitt's Homemade Horseradish


Holy Schmitt's Homemade Horseradish and Crowd

Mother-in-Law's Kimchi


Mother-in-Law's Kimchi and Korean Chili Flakes

North Brooklyn Farms

North Brooklyn Farms, great peppers and produce
The event this year was smoothly run and very organized. This is perhaps the smoothest run large foodie event we have attended in the NYC area. There were lots of helpful staff, security and volunteers. The Chile Pepper Festival was an all around great event to bring your entire family.

For further information on some of our favorite 2016 vendors, please visit:

Apinya Sauces: apinya.co 
Bacchanal Sauce: bacchanalsauce.com  
Beast Feast Maine: beastfeastmaine.net 
Brooklyn Botanic Garden: bbg.org
Guyank Brand Hot Sauce: facebook.com/Guyankbrand 
Jacky's Jams & Jellies: www.jackysjamsandjellies.com
Laurie & Sons: laurieandsons.com
Lululosophy Artisan Chocolates: lululosophy.com
Mama Margarita's Salsa: mamamargaritasalsa.com 
MarieBelle New York: mariebelle.com
NYC Hot Sauce Co.: nychotsauceco.com 
Pisqueya Dominican Hot Sauce: pisqueya.com
The Bronx Hot Sauce: bronxhotsauce.com
Shahadi's Souk: sahadis.com 
Torchbearer Sauces: torchbearersauces.com
Whimsy & Spice: whimsyandspice.com
Woodward Extract Co.: woodwardextract.co

Special thanks to The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and their PR staff for having us again this year.

-Allen and Sophia/Two Frys

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