The Pepper Festival – June 23, 2018 2018-06-21T14:11:19+00:00

We feel that the pepper is the most versatile vegetable (it’s actually a fruit) on the planet. Peppers are enjoyed in nearly every cuisine, nearly every ethnicity and on every continent.

The hot, the mild and the sweet – help us celebrate the fantastically diverse pepper at The Pepper Festival on June 23, 2018 in Auburn, CA!

The Pepper Festival will raise awareness and much-needed funds for our partnering children’s charities (meet our charities).

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Live Music Schedule

(Times subject to change 10-15 minutes either way)
We’re proud of the amazing lineup of bands and artists scheduled for The Pepper Festival & Hot Sauce Expo! We are happy that there are 6 acts that are either all original or mostly original music. We wanted the music at the festival to be the soundtrack for the day and we think it’s going to be a GREAT day!
12pm (Main Stage) – Hank Biggs & The Hardtops (Rockabilly)
1pm (Main Stage) – Acoustic Space Travelers (Original Upbeat Rock)
12:30 (Stage 2) – Fairweather Band (Classic Rock)
2:30 (Main Stage) – Earles of Newtown (Original Dixieland Jazz & Funk)
3:30 (Stage 2) – J Ross Parrelli (R&B/Funk)
4pm (Main Stage) – The Bleeping Bleeps (Rock/R&B)
6pm (Stage 2) – Whoville (The Who Tribute Band)
6pm (Main Stage) – Kimberley Dahme (Former Member of Boston)
7pm (Main Stage) – Antsy McClain (Americana)
9pm (Main Stage) – Frequency (Original Rock)

Event Schedule

(Times subject to change 10-15 minutes either way)
On our Stage 2 (below the Main Stage), we will be featuring Cooking Workshops with Celebrity Chef Keith Breedlove and Pepper Workshops with Master Gardeners.
1:30pm – Master Gardener: Growing Peppers (Getting Started)
2:30pm – Celebrity Chef Keith Breedlove: Making Hot Sauce 101
4:30pm Master Gardener: Growing Peppers (Maintenance, Watering, Fertilizing)
7:00pm – Celebrity Chef Keith Breedlove: Peppers (Not Just Hot!)
8:00pm – Master Gardener: Growing Peppers (Harvesting, Preserving, Canning)

 – Celebrity Chef Keith Breedlove: Peppers (Spice Up Your Vegan/Vegetarian Dishes)




We hand picked food trucks and local restaurants – Burgers, Lobster, Tacos, Lasagna, Açaí Bowls, Salads, Gyros, Kettle Corn, Milk Shakes, Ice Cream & More! You’ll want to arrive hungry! Each food vendor will have incredible pepper dishes (hot, mild or sweet!) to choose from.


The way we see it, the live bands playing all day are the soundtrack to the festival. Nothing but upbeat, fun music from top notch musicians. Funk, R&B, Rock, Blues and more! Featuring Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours, J Ross Parelli, The Bleeping Bleeps, Frequency, Earles of Newtown, Acoustic Space Travelers, Whoville and more! See the full list HERE


Kids Fun Area, Adult Bounce House (yes, that’s real), Silent Disco and more!


We are fundraising for our three incredible partner children’s charities who do amazing work for kids and families. Meet our charities HERE.


The beautiful Gold Country Fairgrounds is perfectly located in Auburn, CA just off of I-80 and Hwy. 49. Only 30 minutes from Sacramento.

Become A Sponsor

Be a part of the most anticipated food & music festival in years. Our Sponsorship packages pack a punch and your brand will be featured in every way imaginable. Sponsorship opportunities start at $150.

Become A Vendor

There is limited space to become a vendor and sell your wares to a diverse, affluent crowd at the most anticipated food & music festival in years. Apply now!

NOTE: We already have reps for Damsel in Defense, LuLaRoe and SeneGence.


Become A Food or Beverage Vendor

We are on the lookout for innovative, fun and delicious food vendors for The Pepper Festival. You must be able to provide offer select menu items that feature peppers of some kind – ideally a choice of sweet, mild or hot. We are also looking for great local Breweries, Wineries & Cider Breweries. Apply now as space is limited!

Near, Far & Super Far!

We’ve been getting ticket orders from all over!
Here are some of the places where festival goers are coming from.

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