23rd Annual 'I Like It Hot" Festival!

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Largo Event Center, 6340 126th Ave , Largo

It is the 23rd Anniversary of I Like It HOT! Festival on September 9-10, 2023 and it’s going to be HOTTER than ever before! This hot n’ spicy food show is painfully delicious, big on flavor and cooked up to be one of the hottest events of the season.

Specialty exhibitors will tickle your tastebuds as they bring on distinctive, breathtaking and dynamite offerings in the form of sauces, salsas, seasonings, rubs, plants, food products, gadgets, kitchenware, hundreds of mild to wild samples, food trucks and more.

Festival Alumni will be prepared for the traditional hot stuff contests, including the favorite vendor competition, the Extreme Lolli Lick-A-Thon (the hottest lollypop in the world, sponsored by Intensity Academy) and the jalapeno pepper eating contest. Amateur competitions include BBQ and hot sauces as well as salsa categories. The competition will be fierce as contenders vie for the awards in each category.

The event is pet and family friendly, and admission and parking are complimentary.