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ZestFest 2018 (Irving, TX)

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


ZestFest is one of the largest events in the country that showcases the zestiest products on the market. From ‘mom & pop’ brands to industry leaders, ZestFest provides an opportunity for companies to put their wares in front of not only the consumer, but also those in the industry, including retail buyers and restaurants. In addition to the plethora of zesty products available for sampling, ZestFest offers a wide range of entertainment throughout the 3-day event.

The main stage celebrity cooking demonstrations allow guests to ask questions and get tips from the region’s most renowned chefs. Top chefs returning this year include Jon Bonnell, of Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and Buffalo Brothers, and Eddie Deen.

Visitors can watch fierce competition between gastronomic rivals or prove their gusto by participating in Wingstop’s Atomic wing eating contest, which is returning this year, or the jalapeño eating contest. From live music to food competitions, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Gregory Bagarozy, the Owner of ZestFest, says, “There’s nothing like the feeling of walking the aisles of Texas ZestFest and knowing that the hottest foods on earth are all right there, ready for the sampling! I spend the whole year preparing for ZestFest—both learning about great products and increasing my tolerance for chiles—and once I’m there, I try to taste them all. As they say, it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it!”

Due to the growing demand, ZestFest is opening its doors to the public one day early on January 26 from 1pm to 7 pm, as well as Saturday, January 27th from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, January 28th from 10am to 5pm. Admission to the event includes tastings, beer and liquor sampling, entertainment, as well as all the cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. Children under 10 are free.

ZestFest 2018 returns to the brand new Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. This will be the 16th year that ZestFest will be held in the DFW Metroplex. Promising to make this – its hottest food festival and competition yet, ZestFest 2018 brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend.


January 27
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Gregory Bagarozy


Irving Convention Center
500 West Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving,TX75039United States
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