ZestFest at Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039
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You likely know the name Carolina Reaper from those viral videos of Paqui’s One Chip Challenge where daredevils tasted what may be the hottest chile on the planet. There were cussing, sweating, tears and so much regret. But you don’t have to be foolhardy to enjoy ZestFest, a three-day expo of spicy foods — though a little bravery and a cast-iron stomach could help in the atomic wing- and jalapeño-eating contests. In addition to bold people eating bold foods, ZestFest will include spicy food tastings, beer and liquor samples, live music, and cooking demos and tips from chefs including Jon Bonnell and Eddie Dean.
Single day passes are $12-$15 (save $1 if you purchase online). Weekend passes are also available. Parking is $10.