From a hot pepper eating contest to a musical lineup led by some “volcanic” rockers, this year’s Fiery Foods Festival offers plenty of fervid fun.
The annual event in downtown Pasco drew 5,000 people last year, and organizers are once again planning for a large crowd.
Fiery Foods is Sept. 12. There’s no admission fee.
In honor of the festival, the Saturday morning farmers market will have a fiery twist, with hot roasted peppers for sale and a pepper eating contest planned, along with special activities for kids.
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The fun continues from 4 to 10 p.m. A beer garden will be set up, and several local food trucks will face off in a competition.
Prizes will go to the people’s choice and to the truck with the best spicy item.
“It’s really putting (the vendors’) culinary talents on display,” said Michael Goins, executive director of the Downtown Pasco Development Authority, which coordinates the festival.
Fresh salsa, rubs and sauces also will be for sale, and dancing and cultural presentations are planned.
And the festival also will feature live music, with the six local acts chosen through a YouTube contest set to perform.
The musicians uploaded videos, with online votes determining the lineup.
The Pasco-based Volcanoes on the Sun won and will headline Fiery Foods. The group — featuring Peter Salazar on guitar and vocals, Andrew Salazar on guitar, Michael Madrigal on bass and Skylar Blythe on drums — plays alternative garage-indie-psychedelic rock.
Goins said the festival is embracing the new Tri-City brand of “Louder. Bolder. Brighter. Better” by offering a “bolder, hotter, louder” event this year.
It will provide a sizzling way to wind down summer, he said.
“You have the smells of the food, music playing in the background,” Goins said. “It’s a good atmosphere.”
More information: www.fieryfoodsfestival.com.
IF YOU GO
What: 2015 Fiery Foods Festival.
When: A “fiery” farmers market is 8 a.m. to noon, and the festival is 4 to 10 p.m.
Where: Downtown Pasco, at North Fourth Avenue and West Lewis Street.
Cost: No admission fee.