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The Columbus Fiery Food Festival Isn’t Just Delicious, It’s Also Free

Ready to get a little spicy? The Columbus Fiery Foods Festival is coming up and it’s going to be delicious.

This much-anticipated event is set to take place at the scenic Genoa Park along the Scioto Mile. What’s more, organizers have exciting news to share – this year’s festival will be completely free for all attendees!

“The decision to offer free admission comes from our deep-rooted passion for bringing people together through a shared love of spicy cuisine and cultural celebration. By removing the entry fee, we aim to create an even more inclusive environment, allowing more hot and spicy enthusiasts and curious food lovers to experience the thrilling array of flavors and fiery fun that the festival has to offer,” said Mike Gallicchio, festival co-organizer.

From complex hot sauces that pack a punch to tongue-tingling snacks and a variety of culinary delights, the Columbus Fiery Foods Festival is the perfect place to test your limits and see just how much spice you can take. This year’s edition will continue to feature a dazzling lineup of fiery food vendors, local artisans, and captivating competitions.

Beyond the mouthwatering dishes, attendees will have the chance to explore an eclectic selection of handmade crafts and unique creations from local artisans and crafters. There will also be live performances to help take your mind off of your burning mouth if you get a little too adventurous!

The festival’s impact reaches beyond the taste buds. A portion of the proceeds from select purchases made during the event will be directed towards CD102.5 for the Kids, a local charity dedicated to supporting children in need.

By indulging in spicy delicacies and immersing yourself in the festivities, you’ll contribute to a meaningful cause and make a positive difference in the lives of children within our community.

The festival boasts an impressive array of vendors that are sure to ignite your palate including Angry Irishman LLC, Black Cap Hot Sauce, Cantina Royal Hot Sauce, Gindo’s Spice of Life, Sauce Goddess, Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops, Two Fat Indians, and many more!

Prepare for a weekend filled with excitement and flavor-packed experiences. Engage in a variety of contests throughout the festival, from Hot Pizza Eating to Hot Pepper Eating and an Amateur Salsa Contest. If you’re up for the challenge, sign up now via the Columbus Fiery Foods website at

Mark your calendars and head down to Genoa Park for the Columbus Fiery Foods Festival on Saturday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, August 27, from Noon to 6 p.m.

Photos via Columbus Fiery Foods Festival Facebook