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Spicy food festivals cater to heat seekers


Published:   |   Updated: September 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

A pair of Pinellas County food festivals will offer up eats for fiery food lovers this weekend.

The 13th annual I Like It Hot Festival in Largo will feature two days of spicy foods and hot sauces to sample, plus hundreds of pepper plants to purchase. There’s also a pepper-eating contest, amateur hot sauce and salsa competitions, a “spicy lolly lick-a-thon” and a “hot hula hoop contest” (though we’re not exactly sure what those last two entail).

The family-friendly event runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave N. in Largo. Admission is $5. Children ages 12-and-under get in free.

In Seminole, the adult-oriented Pit Boss and Hot Sauce Festival brings live music, motorcycles and a barbecue cook-off with chefs vying for more than $1,500 in prizes to Screwie Louie’s Famous Porpoise Pub, 8701 Seminole Blvd.

The inaugural fest, hosted by Charlie Humphries of Full Throttle Magazine, will offer free food samples, a meet-and-greet with motorcycle daredevil Bob Gill, motorcycle and lingerie shows and a full lineup of rock bands.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday. Admission is free Saturday, and $5 on Sunday. Veterans get in for $3.

The proceeds benefit charities helping battered women, children and homeless teens.

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