Bowers PA Chile Pepper Festival 2014

This past weekend was the 19th Annual Bowers Chile Pepper Festival. My sources say there were between 12,000 – 14,000 visitors this year! For the first time in the past 5 years we missed attending…

Al Buddah Goldenberg & Captain Jim Kirk

Al Buddah Goldenberg & Captain Jim Kirk

Thankfully, our good friend Captain Jim Kirk of Captain Jim’s Sauces was there and graciously agreed to share his pictures with us. Visit Captain Jim at

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Bowers Chile Pepper Festival 2013 Video

Bowers Chile Pepper Festival is our favorite East Coast event. Nestled in a beautiful park, it ranks among the most prolific and successful chilehead gatherings of all.


Bowers PA Chile Pepper Festival

Midway between Reading and Allentown PA, and just outside of the college town of Kutztown, the Bowers Chile Pepper Festival is second to none. Featuring a nearby farm with acres of fresh chile peppers that are yours for the picking, there is a small wooded park just full of hot sauce makers plying their hot sauce creations to light you up and bring you joy.

Here is a video I shot in the hopes of bringing you a “taste” of what this festival is all about. It was shot with an iPhone 4s mounted on a hand-held Steadicam device.

The concept was to take you thru the Bowers Chile Pepper Festival (a two day event) in about 10 minutes. I’m not the greatest video editor in the world, but I had fun playing with it, and I hope you enjoy it.

We also posted some nice pics of the Bowers Chile Pepper Festival here.

Hopefully, you can make it to Bowers PA next year for the festival. It really is the best, and all the vendors swear that they sell tons of product at this event. Next to the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, which had its debut last year, this may make up the two most popular and attended events on the East Coast.

And if you’ve ever been to Bowers, please leave a Comment below and tell us.

Bowers Chile Pepper Festival 2013 Day 1 in Photos

This was our fourth year at the Bower’s Chile Pepper Festival outside of Kutztown, Pa. And this year, it was bigger and better than ever!

Bowers Chile Pepper Festival 2013

Photos Day 1 – Vendors and Booths

Following are just a few of the many photos I took during the first day of the festival. I really wanted to focus on the vendors and their booths. Many of these folks are our friends, and now, many are our new friends. Take note of any that interest you, and please visit their websites to purchase some awesome hot sauces and other zesty products.

Use your mouse to click through the photos.

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Stay tuned for more photos and an exclusive video that Brian is working on from the Bowers Chile Pepper Festival.

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Bowers Chile Pepper Festival 2011 in Pictures

Our second trip to Bowers, Pennsylvania for the 16th Annual Chile Pepper Festival was a blast. While one half of our team was not feeling well, we still had a good time, got to meet and talk with many hot sauce makers, and get some really good pics for you to enjoy. While we were not able to set up our “bloggers booth” as we had hoped, we still feel lucky that we were able to get around and talk with the vendors, manufacturers, and guests.

If you haven’t already, please check out our AUDIO podcast/wrapup of the event at our page.

What follows are some of the many pics we took at the show. I’m sorry for the late posting of these, but I’m trying a new software/slideshow plugin, and it was SO tedious getting the pics and descriptions in place. Click on any pic to get a larger view.

And now, onto the slideshow. Click on any pic for larger view.

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