The 17th annual Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Expo is returning to the Thomas Family Winery from April 12- 14.

The event that offers patrons a chance to enjoy a variety of hot and spicy food has grown in the last few years, so the winery expanded the event to include the entire weekend. They've also added more space by completing an outside courtyard.

The extra space will provide more room for grills, larger food demonstrations and the Fiery Foods Marketplace.

"We are quite pleased with last year's response to the demonstrations, enough so that everyone involved wanted to expand, "said winery co-owner Steve Thomas. "Having a second roof over our heads opens a world of possibilities. Rain or shine, this is now a larger Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace."

The event kicks- off with the Fiery Foods Pitch-In Picnic on Friday night that will offer plenty of treats for fans of hot and spicy foods.

On Saturday, guests have the opportunity to sample and purchase salsas, sauces, dried and fresh spices, hot breads, chili powder, vinegars, pepper plants and meats. Cooking demonstrations from vendors and the winery staff will take place throughout the day.

On Saturday guests also have the opportunity to taste the entries at the annual Grand Sombrero Salsa Competition.

The Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Expo has both amateur and professional salsa categories, with awards given for the most traditional, most innovative and best overall. There are also two new categories - fruit salsa and traditional salsa.

Salsas need to be turned in by 1 p.m., April 13. The award ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Saturday's events conclude with a performance by folk musicians Greg Zeisemer and Kris Luckett.

Sunday will wrap up the weekend with the newest event, the Fiery Foods Jazz Brunch.

Co-owner Elizabeth Thomas said she's excited about the Sunday addition to the weekend festival.

"Our Sunday brunch will feature spicy food prepared by Hoboken Eddie and jazz by the Rob Houze Trio. This will be an extraordinary end to a great weekend."

Vendors for the weekend event include Capshew Cellars Small Batch Vinegars, Cap'n Jim's Hot Sauces, The Chile Woman, Galena Garlic Company, Gary D's Authentic Hot Sauce, Hoboken Eddie's Hot Sauces, Kenny's Farmhouse Cheeses, Madison Fudge Factory, Marion's Greenhouse and TFW Outdoor Food Company.

For more information, call 812-273-3755, or 800-948-8466.