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Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace in Madison, Apr. 13-14

Steve Thomas, Thomas Winery.

Steve Thomas, Thomas Winery, presenting the awards at last year's event. Photo provided by Thomas Winery and used with written permission.

By Ann Mulligan
Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

People who love to cook and eat hot peppers will find an expanded event at the 16th Annual Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace and Expo, Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, 2012, at the Thomas Family Winery, 208 East Second Street, Madison, Indiana.

Friday, April 13, is the Hot Luck: a gathering of spicy people with hot taste buds! Admission to the event is a fiery covered dish and recipes to hand out!  Elizabeth Thomas, co-owner of the Thomas Family Winery, has declared an “ethnic” bent to this year’s Friday night.  “We would like all the guests to try to find neat, new ethnic and foreign recipes,” she said.

“We have a hot and spicy experience waiting for our seasoned and newly sprouted chile-heads,” said Steve Thomas, winery co-owner. “We are making Saturday a bigger day by building on last year’s success with the chile marketplace. ”  Expanded activities include food demonstrations led by professional chile-heads, new categories in the salsa contest and a “Hot Pepper Jelly Breakfast.”

“We will call on the culinary talents of some of our chile-head vendors to offer cooking demonstrations to teach traditional and innovative ways to use chilies and other spicy herbs and condiments,” Thomas added.  “Folks will see how to take the raw products, add some magic and put it on the table!” Thomas said.

Amateurs have competed head to head with the professionals in the salsa contest from time to time, but the salsa team decided to create an additional category this year just for the professional chile-heads. “Everyone at the Marketplace will be able to taste the entries; I expect the entries to be exceptional and it will always be a lighthearted, fun contest.”

The types of salsas entered have changed during the previous 15 years. Many of the recent entries have been fruit-based and all the entries are quite innovative. The Best Overall category remains, but two new categories are for Fruit Salsa and Traditional Salsa. The professional category is wide open, limited only to the imagination of the competitors.  Salsas need to be turned in by 1:00 pm, the award ceremony will be 6:00 pm.

Saturday morning, 10:00 am, the spicy visitors can bring in homemade Hot Pepper Jelly and enjoy a table full of cream cheese, bagels, crackers and bread. “This is a first for us,” said Elizabeth Thomas.  “I know there are lots of people who like hot pepper jellies like we do and we can’t wait to taste theirs.”

Steve and Elizabeth Thomas have purchased the lot adjacent to the winery and are renovating the property into a courtyard setting suitable for weddings and other outdoor events. The courtyard expansion is well underway, but will not be fully completed in time for the Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace.  “If the weather is nice, our chile-head friends will be able to enjoy part of the festival outside in the sunlight,” said Thomas.

The event offers guests the opportunity to sample salsas, sauces, purchase dried and fresh spices, hot breads, chili powder, vinegars and pepper plants. Saturday Event Hours are from 12 to 6 p.m., and will culminate with music by Greg Ziesemer and Kriss Luckett, an acoustic duo playing contemporary Americana music.

Vendors for the event include:

  • Capshew Cellars Small Batch Vinegars, they will feature products made from a small batch of peppers recently imported from Brazil.
  • Tiki Jenni’s Salsa crazy wild salsas.
  • Gary D’s Authentic Hot Sauce  Rich & distinctive hot sauces and BBQ sauces.
  • Galena Garlic Company galenagarlic@ aol.com  Everything tastes better  with chiles and garlic.
  • Hoboken Eddy.
  • The Fudge Factory  Artful fudges and confections with a spicy edge.
  •  TFW Outdoor Food Company everything tastes better when it’s cooked outside.
  • Marion’s Greenhouse  offering chile plants, bedding plants ready to go.
  • Dattilo’s Produce  fine selection of fresh and dried chiles.
  • Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheeses  artisan farmhouse cheeses with a chilehead accent.
  • In addition, there will be special breads and cheeses served at the Winery.

For more information, call 812-273-3755 or 800-948-8466. For more information about the winery, visit  http://www.thomasfamilywinery.us.

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