Turn up the heat at annual fiery foods expo
Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:00 AM
Thomas Family Winery will host its 18th Annual Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace this weekend at 208 E. Second St.
This is the second year with events lasting Friday through Sunday, mostly due to an increase in participants, winery co-owner Steve Thomas said.
"Last year, we had about an easy 400 people that came through. That's pretty good numbers for us," Thomas said.
Festivities start Friday night with the Hot Luck - a pot luck, but with spicier foods. Visitors can bring different types of foods and recipes to share. Thomas said the courses range from different styles of international food, including Indian, Thai, Pacific and many others.
"We get lots of people that come and bring recipes," Thomas said.
The marketplace feature starts Saturday, where visitors will have the opportunity to sample and purchase salsas, sauces, dried and fresh spices, hot breads, chili powder, vinegars, pepper plants and meats.
Cooking demonstrations from vendors and the winery staff will take place throughout the day starting at 1 p.m. Several exhibits are lined up, mostly including local shops.
"We start as locally as we can," Thomas said.
The Chileheads Sunday brunch is a breakfast-themed spicy food session that Thomas said sold out last year. It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Greg Ziesemer and Kriss Luckett will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and the Rob Houze Jazz Trio will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Thomas said visitors attend the program from across the country, and some international travelers as well.
"For us, it's a lot of fun," Thomas said.
The Madison-Milton bridge will still be closed for the Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace, so visitors will have to plan alternate travel. Thunder over Louisville is also this weekend, and could back up traffic.