My Events    add new event            

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

SpicyFest – Postponed to Fall

June 15 @ 10:00 am - June 16 @ 4:00 pm


SpicyFest is a two day event in bringing together the spiciest exhibitors, products, food creations, and gut wrenching contests!

About this Event

If you appreciate the spicier things in life whether that’s a hot sauce, a chicken wing, or that special friend of yours, OR you enjoy watching people appreciate the spicier things in life! …then you’re invited to indulge in this tasty hot experience that brings together the spiciest exhibitors, products, food creations, and gut wrenching contests from around the Midwest!

Yes, we will also have everyday non-spicy items for the delicate ones… so join the fun!


— Get Yours Now and $ave —

The first annual SpicyFest in Des Moines will take place June 15-16, 2019 in Downtown Des Moines, IA.

SpicyFest is a two day event and will be an action packed couple of days with a wide range of activities.

Here is a quick list of some of the features and activities:

  • Live music
  • Savory food options
  • Cold beverages (or spicy hot ones)
  • Individual challenges
  • a Chile-dren area & games
  • Spicy eating contests
  • Adult games
  • Special character appearances
  • SpicyFest bags tournament
  • Pepper merchandise
  • Spicy beer pong
  • Adult tricycle races
  • Photo opps galore
  • Interactive games
  • Door Prizes
  • Crazy concoctions
  • Full day of stage activities!
  • The Ultimate Pepper Challenge!

Best of SpicyFest

Attendees get the opportunity to partake in some savory samples from food vendors throughout both days. When you find your favorite just drop your voting token in that vendors voting box to help us find the People’s Choice Winner for the “Best of the SpicyFest” food competition.

SpicyFest is also looking to find the best spicy “consumer ready” retail product we can find with our professional hand selected judges. They will be voting for the “Best of SpicyFest” in 3 categories; Consumer Ready, Prepared Dish, and Marketing/Packaging. Grand Prize Winner for the Consumer Ready category is guaranteed placement in local grocery stores!

Spicy Eating Contests!

We’re turnin’ up the heat on the Stage of Fire with some of the craziest eating challenges you’ve every seen! These challenges aren’t for wussies! If you’re tough enough, crazy enough, or just want to impress a girl, pick your favorite spicy eating contest and fill out the form to enter!

If not quite brave or crazy enough to compete, be sure to stop by and cheer on the competitors as they consume some of the hottest items from the show! Winners will receive a medal, prizes from sponsors, bragging rights, SpicyFest website fame, and be applauded, treated like a Roman god! Losers will be patted on the back and given water. Cheaters will be dealt with accordingly. Check out the CONTESTS here!

SpicyFest 2019 Dates & Location

Saturday, June 15, 2019 10:00AM – 7:00PM

Sunday, June 16, 2019 11:00AM – 5:00PM

See the Schedule

The Atrium at Capital Square – Downtown Des Moines

400 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309


Capital Square
400 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
+ Google Map



Upcoming Events

  1. Chowdown Comedy

    July 21 @ 2:30 am - 4:00 am
  2. One Team Scavenger Hunt Adventure: Des Moines

    July 21 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

    July 21 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
  4. Weekend Guided Tour

    July 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  5. Kids in The Hall & Rolling Prairie

    July 21 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm