It’a little too cold outside, time to add some spice and sizzle to your winter! The 11th Annual ZestFest is this weekend, January 27-29, in Irving! 

ZestFest is a spicy weekend that strives to compile vendors that bring the heat. The spiciest exhibitors with inventory from all over the country will be in Irving for all of us foodies who crave bold and flavorful! Events include celebrity chefs cooking up some demonstrations, samples, interactive contests, and live music. 

Celebrity chefs that will be in attendance include Jon Bonnell (from Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and Buffalo Brothers), Eddie Deen, Loreal Gavin, Aryen Moore-Alston, Bryan McLarty, Peter Mollett, and Eduardo Alvarez. During their cooking demonstrations you will be able to get tips and ask questions to better your own cooking skills! 

Participate in sizzling competitions such as the jalapeño eating contest or Wingstop’s Atomic wing eating contest. You can also watch competitions between foodie rivals and see the winners of the Fiery Food Challenge (this competition happens earlier in the week). 

The Wingstop Atomic Wing Challenge will take place on Saturday, January 28, from 1 PM to 2 PM. The Grand Prize Winner will take home a Big Screen TV. You must register at the WingStop Booth (Booth 338) by noon on January 28 to compete. 

ZestFest is open on Friday, January 27, from 1 PM to 7 PM, Saturday, January 28, from 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, January 29, from 10 AM to 5 PM. 

Tickets cost $15 at the door and include beer and liquor samplings, tastings, all of the cooking demonstrations, and entertainment. 10 years and younger are free! 

ZestFest is located at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas and produced by Spicy Food Productions. 

So make plans to add spice and sizzle to your weekend! Head on out to ZestFest for a great time!