High River Sauces proudly presents the West Coast’s most distinguished hot sauce event, the 1st Annual California Hot Sauce Expo 2015, at Rainbow Lagoon (Long Beach, CA) on Saturday, July 11 & Sunday, July 12, 2015. Happening for the first time ever in California, High River Sauces brings together 45 of the greatest hot sauce companies from around the United States including the finest purveyors from California. Declared the ”ingredient of the year” by Bon Appetit, hot sauce is exploding across America. Now a $1.1 billion industry, and the most popular sriracha sauce maker Huy Fong Foods selling 20 million bottles in a single year (2012), the California Hot Sauce Expo is a not-to-be-missed summer event. For more information regarding the Hot Sauce Expo 2015, please visit: www.cahotsauceexpo.com.
With more than 100 submissions from purveyors around the states, the California Hot Sauce Expo cherry-picked 45 hot sauce companies, including 9 Circle of Hell Small Batch Chile Powder (San Jose, CA), Blazing Beverages (Las Vegas, NV), Bravado Spice (Houston, TX), CaJohns (Columbus, OH), Chesterville Pepper Company (Cincinnati, OH), Chile Pepper Magazine (Houston, TX), Culley’s (New Zealand), Dead Man BBQ (Monroe, WA), Desert Smoke BBQ (Phoenix, AZ), El Machete (Los Angeles, CA), Ghost Scream Hot Sauce (San Clemente, CA), Heat Hot Sauce Shop (San Francisco, CA), Hella Hot Hot Sauce (San Jose, CA), High River Sauces (Kings Park, Long Island), Hoboken Eddies (Hudson Valley, NY), Hot Licks (Long Beach, CA), Humboldt Hot Sauce (Arcata, CA), Jabberwocky Foods (Pasadena, CA), Lucky Dog (San Francisco, CA), OSO Pepper Company (New Almaden, CA), Overkill Hot Sauce (Denver, CO), Palo Alto Pepper Sauce (Palo Alto, CA), Paulman Acre (Oceanside, CA), Peppers (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Precious Sauces (Mesa, AZ), Puckerbutt Pepper Company (Fort Mill, SC), Race City Sauce Works (Charlotte, NC), Sauce Goddess (San Diego, CA), Tabanero (Los Angeles, CA), Texas Creek Products (Carton, WA), Volcanic Peppers (Bellevue, NE), and many others soon to be announced!
“We are so thrilled to be heading to Long Beach for the debut California Hot Sauce Expo,” says Ed Currie, Founder and CEO of PuckerButt Pepper Company. “Not only do I get to bring the HEAT to the West Coast, but we are going to bring the 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.)
Steve Seabury, owner of the multi-award-winning hot sauce company High River Sauces and co-producer of the Hot Sauce Expo, adds, “I’m so excited to present the California Hot Sauce Expo and bring the best artisanal hot sauce crafters to Long Beach. I love adding spice to my food with hot sauce, and I can’t wait to share my passion for the mighty pepper with one of the greatest city in the world, Los Angeles. This is a special opportunity for West Coasters to be able to meet the chefs, sample their sauces and purchase the best hot sauces available on the market. If you crave a little kick to your dish then I will see you at the California Hot Sauce Expo in July. This will be one party that you will not want to miss!”
Stoli Vodka presents the “1st Annual Bloody Mary Mix-Down” featuring Los Angeles’ top mixologists competing at the Hot Sauce Expo. The “California Margarita Mix-Down Championship” also takes place at the Expo featuring the region’s best bartenders. Celebrity judges for both competitions will be announced in the coming months. Specific information regarding the following onsite fiery eating competitions and general food contests will be announced in the coming weeks: Taco Eating, Chicken Wing Eating, Amateur Guacamole Making, Amateur Salsa Making, Amateur Hot Sauce Making, Pure Evil Challenge: A Cup-O Noodles Challenge, People’s Choice “Best Hot Sauce” Awards, and More!
General Admission to the Hot Sauce Expo is only $10 (day of tickets are $15). $50 tickets for the Craft Brew Package include one General Admission ticket for either Saturday or Sunday, separate entrance for easy access into the venue, access for the main stage competitions, six commemorative California Expo Drink Tokens that can be redeemed at the main bar, a bottle of High River Sauces, and a California Hot Sauce Expo T-Shirt. VIP ($100) ticket holders will have an exclusive area where they can break away from all of the spicy action to cool down and enjoy complimentary cocktail tastings, food pairing samples and their favorite craft beers. VIP tickets also include a Limited Edition California Hot Sauce Expo Poster, One Year Subscription to Chile Pepper Magazine, a bottle of High River Sauces, All Access VIP Laminate (with Lanyard), an Official T-Shirt, and many other sponsor related items in their VIP Gift Bag.
About Steve Seabury & High River Sauces
Steve Seabury is a music industry veteran, food junkie and cookbook author for Simon & Schuster (Mosh Potatoes) which he has raised and donated thousands of dollars to the Meals on Wheels charity. His passion for food and music has led to the formation of his multi-award-winning hot sauce company called High River Sauces. He is also a co-producer of the New York City Hot Sauce Expo, Director of Marketing for eOne Entertainment and organizes a touring music festival called The Metal Alliance.
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