NYC Hot Sauce Expo This Weekend

NYC's very own High River Sauces proudly presents the 2nd Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo at Penn Plaza Pavilion on Saturday, March 29 & Sunday, March 30, 2014. Following last year's wildly successful debut, the Hot Sauce Expo 2014 returns with 45 of North America's finest artisanal sauce proprietors joining forces for the premier hot sauce event of the year. On-site at the Hot Sauce Expo (March 30, 4 PM), Guinness Book of Records judges the most-anticipated fiery professional eating contest, PuckerButt Pepper Company's "The Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper Eating Challenge." Guinness World Records recently awarded Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper with the title of the "World's Hottest Pepper"; the single winner will be the "World Record" holder for eating the most Carolina Reaper peppers in 60 seconds. For more information regarding the Hot Sauce Expo 2014 and additional onsite spicy eating competitions, please visit: www.nychotsauceexpo.com.

With more than 200 submissions from around the globe, the Hot Sauce Expo 2014 cherry-picked 45 top hot sauce purveyors, including A&B American Style (NYC), Benny T's Vesta Dry Hot Sauce (Raleigh, NC), Bigfat's (Chicago, IL), Baron's International Kitchen (West Hurley, NY), Bonfatto's (Bellefonte, PA), Born to Hula (Highlands, NJ), CaJohns (Columbus, OH), The Chesterville Pepper Co. (Cincinnati, OH), Deano's Jalapenos (Hardwick, VT), Deception Salsa (Crofton, MD), Defcon Sauces (Milburn, NJ), Dragon's Blood Elixir (Woodstock Valley, CT), Frankie V's (Dallas, TX), Gemini Crow (Montague, NJ), Grinders (Kansas City, MO), Heartbreaking Dawns (Rosendale, NY), Hellfire (Lake Geneva, WI), Homesweet Homegrown (Kutztown, PA), Horseshoe (Rhinebeck, NY), High River Sauces (Long Island, NY), iBurn (Houston, TX), Jacky's Jams & Jellies (Pine Beach, NJ), Jordan Brenners (Hudson Valley, NY), Karma Sauce (Pittsford, NY), Lucky Dog Hot Sauce (Sonoma, CA), Mr. Saucy (NYC), Murph's Bloody Mary Mix (Long Island, NY), NW Elixers (Portland, OR), Peppers (Lewes, DE), PuckerButt (Fort Mill, SC), Race City Sauce Works (Charlotte, NC), Red Hawk (Harrisburg, PA), Rippin' Red (Abingdon, MD), Rocky's Original (Oreland, PA), Southern Belles (NYC), Scotty O'Hotty (Dearborn, MI), Silverleaf (Missouri City, TX), St. Lucifer (Royersford, PA), Swamp Yankee (New Haven, CT), Sweet Heat Gourmet (State College, PA), Tom's Roid-Rippin Hot Sauce (Stratford, CT), Torchbearer Sauces (Harrisburg, PA), Volcanic Peppers (Plattsmouth, NE), Voodoo Chile (Leesburg, VA), World Famous Hot Sauce (NYC), Whitehouse Station (Hunterdon County, NJ), and Zane & Zack's (Renton, WA).

"Of all the shows we have scheduled for the year, the NYC Hot Sauce Expo is the one we are most excited about," says Ed Currie, Founder and CEO of PuckerButt Pepper Company. "Not only do I get to bring the HEAT to my hometown, but we are going to roll out the first EVER Guinness World Record-Winning Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper Eating Contest. We are expecting giants from all over the globe to try to win this title." (Smokin Ed's Carolina Reaper beat out former Guinness World Record-holder Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T." Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper delivers an average of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units [SHU]. In comparison, jalapeno peppers only have a rating of 2,500-8,000 SHU.)

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