Last Update: August 27, 2019
WHY NOT A PEPPER FESTIVAL??
There is the Strawberry Festival, Asparagus Festival (can you imagine the smell in the port-a-potties??), heck, there are even an Egg Plant Festival and a Carrot Festival!
So, why not a festival that celebrates the incredible variety and diversity of the pepper? That’s what we kept asking ourselves for many, many years until we finally had the right people and location to make it happen.
From sweet peppers to mild peppers and of course the peppers with heat (and peppers with insane heat), peppers are in virtually every cuisine with recipes handed down by nearly every ethnicity around the world.
We decided that if no one else was going to do it, we would!
The first vision of The Pepper Festival was that it would be a festival that WE would want to go to. This festival will be a family-friendly event where people of all ages will have a great time and will leave wanting to know when the next Pepper Festival is.
One of the main ideas was that we wanted to give back. We decided on children’s charities that help kids in need along with their families. We wanted to help out several charities that represented kids in different ways – from medical needs to legal needs, mentoring, emergencies (like the Santa Rosa/Napa fires in 2017) and especially helping kids through high school and into college – these are kids who otherwise might not go to college at all if it weren’t for our help.
The Pepper Festival & Hot Sauce Expo benefits two wonderful local children’s charities: The Markie Foundation & CASA of Placer County (more on the charities).
The Pepper Festival will be presenting a Hot Pepper Eating Contest to see if there’s anyone tough enough to withstand the heat from a Habanero, Ghost or the dreaded Carolina Reaper pepper!
Have you heard or read that we will have an Adult-Only Bounce House? It’s totally true. Of course, we’ll still have a bounce house for the kids.
We have amazing food vendors! Each food vendor will offer at least two pepper dishes and options and/or condiments to make all of their dishes as you’d like it – you decide how hot you want it. See this year’s Food Vendors HERE.
The Hot Sauces
The Hot Sauce Expo has TRIPLED in size from last year! We have small batch Hot Sauces from around the world as well as Salsas, Jellies and more. You do not want to miss it – your food will thank you.
What festival would be complete without beer, wine and refreshing cocktails?
We are happy to offer ice cold beer, amazing wine from Lone Buffalo Vineyards (Auburn, CA) and some delicious cocktails made with Tito’s Vodka!
In our opinion, music should be the soundtrack of an outdoor festival and The Pepper Festival is a fun, upbeat and family-friendly event. R&B, Country, Rock, Blues and more! See our Live Music lineup HERE.
We have hand picked vendors who fit the fun vibe of The Pepper Festival. We have unique, exciting and dynamic offerings in the form of clothing, jewelry, gadgets, kitchenware and more. You’ll have a great time perusing our vendor’s wares while you enjoy incredible live music and entertainment throughout the day.