Pinellas Pepper Fest returns for the hottest food festival of the year

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Pinellas Pepper Fest returns to England Brothers Bandshell Park April 10 and 11, and it’s the spiciest event of the year. 

The hottest event of the year is Pinellas Pepper Fest. Literally. This celebration of spices features hot sauce competitions, amateur salsa throw downs, a pepper eating contest, AND a lollipop lick-a-thon. The lick-a-thon will give competitors the chance to try the hottest lollipop in the world.

Pinellas Pepper Fest takes place on Saturday, April 10, from 10am-5pm, and Sunday, April 11, from 11am-4pm. Admission to the pet- and family-friendly event is free. Pinellas Pepper Fest will be held at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Avenue North.

Spiciest festival in the Tampa Bay region 

The fiery festival will let you acquaint yourself with dozens of the area’s best vendors who incorporate peppers into their recipes. Don’t worry, there will also be mild peppers at the weekend-long event.

Attendees will have the chance to take home their favorite offerings from the event at the vendors market. It’s the perfect opportunity to spice up your pantry.

Live music, kids activities, and more are also planned. You can learn, and keep up with all the event updates by visiting the Facebook Event Page  and the event website.

What: Pinellas Pepper Fest
When: April 10, 10am-5pm; April 11, 11am-4pm
Cost: Free admission, free parking, and the event is pet-friendly
Where: England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Avenue North

Crack the whip at Pepper Fest

This event will also feature a whip cracking demonstration, and an axe throwing station.

Partial Proceeds of this event will benefit E.A.R.S. Animal Rescue

This isn’t the only food fest on the horizon.

The Jewish Food Festival will operate in a pre-order, drive-thru format on Sunday, April 18. Pre-ordering is open now and ends on Wednesday, March 31. They are only taking pre-orders, so be sure to visit their website to place your order! Pick ups take place at Temple B’nai Israel1685 S. Belcher Road in Clearwater.

St. Pete French Fry Fest, originally slated for March, will officially take place on May 15 at Albert Whitted Park on May 15.

 

 

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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