Hot Luck: A mouth-watering event
Thursday, April 06, 2017 3:01 PM
Hold onto your taste buds — the 21st annual Indiana Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace returns this weekend to Thomas Family Winery on East Second Street.
The three-day event starts with the “Hot Luck” – a potluck-style dinner. Admission is a “fiery covered dish” and handouts with the recipe to share with fellow fiery-food aficionados.
On Saturday, vendors from throughout Indiana will be on hand for the Fiery Foods Marketplace from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
“We’ve got some new vendors I’m excited about, quite frankly,” said co-organizer Elizabeth Thomas. “There will be cheeses, sauces, breads. ... There will be some milder foods (for the less feisty fiery fans), but all of it will be spicy.”
The Big Brick House Bakery from Fort Wayne will bring hot and spicy homemade pastas, featuring chipotle and jalapeño and other pepper flavors, and the Cajun Meat Company of Indianapolis will be selling its Cajun sausages, Thomas said.
Other vendors include Marion’s Greenhouse of Deputy, which will be selling a limited number of Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion and ghost pepper plants; The Chesterville Pepper Company of Moore’s Hill with an array of small-batch barbecue and hot sauces; and locally owned Mother’s Grilled Wings will sell some of its spiciest offerings.
Saturday events also include The Big Salsa Contest, with amateur and professional competitions for the “Sombrero Grande” award and an outdoor cooking demonstration using a ceramic grill and smoker.
Cooking demonstrations will be offered throughout the day, starting at 1 p.m. with co-organizer Steve Thomas showing how to make his “sweet-hot” Native American Blush Glazed Wings, followed by Jason Barnes sharing a recipe for Firecracker BBQ Pork at 2 p.m.; Jake Stuart creating An Uncommonly Spicy Paella at 3 p.m.; and Zoom Miller, showing how to cook with hot sauces.
The marketplace will be followed by a musical performance by Madison’s Greg Ziesemer and Kriss Luckett from 6 to 9 p.m. at the winery.
The event tops off with “Elizabeth’s Sunday Bagels & Jam” brunch bar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, featuring toasted bagels and a variety of toppings, including cheeses, smoked salmon, and charcuterie – bacon, ham sausage and other tasty meats.
Cost starts at $7 per person, with extra charges for some of the a la carte toppings and mimosas.
For more information on the event, visit The Indiana Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace on Facebook, the Thomas Family Winery website at www.thomasfamilywinery.us, or call (812) 273-3755.