Feelin’ hot, hot, hot! We’re not talking about the weather here on the Gulf Coast of Florida, though we could be. We’re talking about the 8th Annual Pinellas Pepper Fest happening this weekend, June 7-8 at the England Brothers Band Shell Park located within Pinellas Park. Spice up your weekend with a food show that brings you the best hot and spicy foods to sample and to purchase.
The Pinellas Pepper Fest showcases an array of hot sauces, pepper plants, barbecue, salsas and spices for you to enjoy. The weekend also features some fun and entertaining contests including the Amateur Hot Sauce Competition, Pepper Eating Contest, Amateur Salsa Competition, and the Spicy Lolly Lick-A-Thon. Enter your favorite spicy creations or participate in one of the tasting contests, if you dare. Fair warning: the contests are not for the faint of heart or for those with a sensitive palate!
In addition to the fiery food and fun, there are live bands featured throughout the Pepper Fest, plus there’s a DJ spinning the hottest tunes for your listening enjoyment. We promise you’ll have a smokin’ good time.
The Pinellas Pepper Fest admission price is $3 per person; kids ages 12 and under are admitted free-of-charge. The Pepper Fest runs rain or shine. Partial proceeds from the event benefit Elizabeth’s Animal Rescue & Sanctuary (EARS) located locally in Odessa, Florida.
If you know someone who drinks hot sauce for breakfast, accompanies anything and everything with a side of habanero, or is adventurous enough to take their taste buds on piquant journey, bring them with you to the Pepper Fest this weekend. You can keep up with all of the latest festival news by visiting the Pinellas Pepper Fest’s Facebook page.
Let us know if you have plans to attend the Pepper Fest. If you’re vacationing on the Gulf Coast of Florida, we hope you’ll check out one of our many local festivals. It’s a great way to get to know the area better, meet the locals, and learn more about us as a community. We hope to see you there!
*Photo Credit: The Pinellas Pepper Fest Facebook page.