Inferno Fest

June 26, 2019

Taking place on June 26 during the popular Highwood Evening Gourmet Market, Inferno Fest will test the taste buds of the most daring food enthusiasts with the hottest and spiciest foods and beverages. The festival will highlight creations such as spicy pasta dishes, peppery nuts and popcorn, piquant tacos and salsa, hot wings, and much more! Live music and an array of unique fiery foods will create a fun and festive atmosphere.

If you may be worried you can’t handle the heat after expanding your culinary horizons, have no fear. Kefir Kids will be on hand to rescue sweltering mouths with a glass of cold, cool down milk. For those not in the know, milk interacts with spices to cool taste buds in a way that water or soda cannot. Yes, we will have everyday non-spicy items for the “Along Came Polly” people too!

Wednesday, June 26
Hours: 4:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Everts Park | 102 Highwood Ave. Highwood, Illinois 60040

Free Admission
Rain or Shine Event
Kid & Pet Friendly
BYOC - "Bring Your Own Chair” and/or Blanket
No Outside Food or Beverages
Parking Information

Inferno Fest Eating Contest

Judging at the Gazebo, 8pm
Free for adults 18 years old or older

Highwood Mayor and InfernofestFor those adults who are really in for a challenge, the Inferno Fest Eating Contest is back. Not all who dared enter this competition in the past walked away the same ever again. This is truly a challenge for those with iron stomachs!! Free to all up for the challenge as long as you are 18 years old or older and sign our waiver.

The rules are simple…whoever can eat the most “hot taquitos” within a three-minute period, without calling for a Kefir Cool Down, wins a $200 gift card! Competitors may enjoy Lifeway’s low-fat kefir smoothies, which are up to 99% lactose-free, gluten-free, and are packed with protein and 12 live and active probiotic cultures.

Sign up at the link below. Bring your waiver with you or sign it at the time of the contest. All contestants report to the Celebrate Highwood booth 7:45pm prior to the contest.

Inferno Fest Eating Contest Sign Up Here

Inferno Fest Eating Contest Waiver

Evening Gourmet Market Vendors

List of Vendors- at the Market Every Wedneday

2019 Inferno Fest Vendors

Jade & ReneeSocks, blankets, tote bags, jewelry, pouches, tea towels, crochet baskets, drinkware, t-shirts

2019 Inferno Fest Vendor Special Items

The Copper Dragonfly20% off all Carnelian and Red Jasper jewelry
Courtney's Candle CompanyOrange chile scented candle
Culinary GangsterInferno Fest Gangster Burger
Edens GardenBuffalo chicken quinoa bowl with Mike's HOT Honey
Elsie Mae's Cannery & Pies Habanero hot lips honey pies in cutie pie size (3 inch) for $3 each
Magic Circle CrepesBuffalo chicken crepes
PJ Fowler Wood Arts 10% off all items under $50
Suzy's SwirlRaspberry ghost pepper sorbetto
Swirl Cafe Food TruckBuffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw
The Toadstool PubHighwood's famous hot and spicy Bloody Mary's and pineapple jalapeño margaritas
Toasty Cheese Food TruckFire fries & the ragin’ Regan
Up In Smoke CreationsSignature sweet 'n spicy available on peanuts, Macadamia nuts, Marcona almonds and cashews. Also Buffalo peanut and pistachios!