June 27, 2018
Taking place on June 27 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 27
Location: Everts Park | 130 Highwood Ave. Highwood, Illinois 60040
Rain or Shine Event
Kid & Pet Friendly
BYOC - "Bring Your Own Chair” and/or Blanket
Inferno Fest Eating Contest
Judging at the Gazebo, 8pm
Free for adults 18 years old or older
For 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 La Casa de Isaac “hot tamales” fueled by Pepper Palace hot sauces within a three-minute period, without calling for a Kefir Cool Down, wins a $200 gift card! Entrants will receive a complimentary bottle of hot sauce from event sponsor, Pepper Palace, the planet's #1 hot shop that believes food should be memorable with a taste that consumes you and creates a “Spice Life” experience with their small batch, handcrafted, natural, and award winning products. 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.
2018 Inferno Fest Vendors
|Pepper Palace||A one stop shop for hot sauce, BBQ sauce, salsa, pickled items, jellies and jams, beef jerky, and more!|
|Sonoma Farm||Carolina reaper salsa, ghost pepper hot & mild salsa; peach, rum mango, dill pickle, jalepeno pineapple, tequila salsa verde, mild & hot; giardinera, mild & hot; muffaletta; hot mustard; pasta sauces; olive oils; pizza toppings; garlic cloves, Tex-Mex & sweet hot|
|Syce Coal Fired Pizza Co.||Samples of mild smoked jalapeno bruschetta; samples of hot calabrian chili and tomato bruschetta|
|Tiger Ceviche||Sometimes spicy, always fresh, it's Peruvian ceviche with a twist. "Build your own" ceviche with a variety of fresh healthy ingredients from mild to super spicy!|
2018 Inferno Fest Vendor Special Items
|Cellar Gate Wine Market & Bistro||Stop by our "cooling station" for a drink to help put tastebud fires out!|
|Chicago Mike's Ice Cream Inc.||Jalapeno lime sorbet|
|La Cocinita Food Truck||Free samples of bite-sized Arepitas (mini Venezuelan cornmeal patties) topped with our "Stupid Hot" Salsa! Pork Patacones (Plantain Chip "Sandwiches") with Stupid Hot Salsa, Pico de Gallo, Purple Cabbage Slaw, and Queso Fresco|
|Depidy Dawg||Spicy ice cream|
|The Humble Pub||Spicy frozen margaritas|
|Maria's Bakery||Mostaccioli puttanesca "arrabiata" style|
|Orange Theory Highland Park||One Day Only! Flash Sale! Lifetime Discounted Rates and Heartrate Monitors!|
|Popcorn Jester||Flamin' hot popcorn!|
|Quang Noodle||Stir fried Sriracha chicken with fried rice|
|Sweet Thing||Sweet Thing “Hottie” which is a triple chocolate cayenne cookie|
|Taquizas El Poblanito||Fish taco with lime asian slaw and chipotle cayenne lime sour cream|
|The Toadstool Pub||Bloody Mary's extra spicy, pineapple and jalapeño margaritas, and a spicy beer|
|Toasty Cheese Food Truck||Ragin’ Regan: pepper jack cheese, poblanos, onions, jalapenos, and panini rubbed with spiced aioli!|
|Wanderlust Sea Salt||LIMITED EDITION BBQ FLAKE SALT. Tastes like BBQ Potato Chips. FANTASTIC on roasted potatoes, chicken wings and burgers.|