For the third year straight, the NYC Hot Sauce Expo has been an event that brings out those fans of a spicier way of living and dining and I am happy to share that this will also be my own third year of exploring the expo as one of its media adventurers. It’s organized and presented by the High River Sauces company who are purveyors of some truly tasty liquidized fire concoctions and was being held at the Brooklyn Convention Center down in Greenpoint. I’m guessing that this expo center is a brand new construction as I have not yet been here nor heard of any events taking place before this one but I could be wrong. Let’s adventure together around the expo which I attended on its second day, the Sunday session.
From the outside the Brooklyn Expo Center looks like an impressive space. I love that something like this has just opened in a continually growing area and think in time it will be even better for local businesses. I got here via the “G” train line and only had to walk for about five minutes to the center. It was a nice day so this was perfect for such wandering. Based on the window poster I knew I was in the right place 🙂
Welcome back. I’m continuing along with the discoveries that were observed at the 2nd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo and if you missed the first installment, please click HERE so you can start from the beginning and continue along. Now it’s time for me to pick up where I left off so let’s go. It’s true that milk helps quell the fires within based on hot sauce and as you can see this liquid was available for a hefty markup today.
My lunch displayed before you all. Also added to my Foodspotting Account because I roll like that.
I had to laugh when I realized that I was once again heading to the Hot Sauce Expo after having attended a crushing Metal show the night before. In this particular case I was actually at a few shows in sequence but that is just the way life rolls in a Metal Metropolis such as this one. Last night was the final night of tour for Children Of Bodom and that is not easy to pass up but now that this stuff had completed it was again time to offer up an objective and informative view of this year’s Hot Sauce Expo. I attended last year and it was a blast and of course I am not just speaking about the levels of heat that would invade my stomach at that affair but instead just a damned good time. This year’s Expo offered a few changes that I felt immediately worked out for the better and the first was that it would be in Manhattan, at the Penn Plaza Pavilion. This particular space often plays host to Comic Conventions and with it being indoors would not have weather as a concern for vendors and the all so important patrons with the money. Some readers might recall that last year’s Expo was held outdoors in East River Park down in Williamsburg. Once again I would be a journalistic guest of the fine folks at High River Sauces and was not going to decline based on our having known them for years now. They have a killer sauce from Savatage’s Chris Caffery among many others and I would be hoping to catch Eddie Ojeda once again since this year is the 30th Anniversary of Twisted Sister’s seminal release “Stay Hungry”. This year I would endeavor to be better prepared for the onslaught and brought along some unsalted crackers to ensure that I had a proper coating if necessary in my stomach. Sampling hot sauce after hot sauce after hot sauce was going to do me in otherwise and I wanted to avoid that.
As I approached my second go round at the event I thought back to the enjoyable time that was last year’s happening and should you want to see that report just click HERE. As mentioned, one of the main organizers of the affair is Steve Seabury of High River Sauces and since there are Rock notables often present it made sense to visit this one more time. Check out the poster. It’s cool isn’t it? Trust me, this was going to be one of the only cool things that would be encountered across the course of the day and I am speaking about temperature. Now it was time to get a little spicy.
Many readers of the Official PiercingMetal Blog are aware that we cover some entertainment related conventions like the Comic Con, Toy Fair and even Book Expo America but even they must be scratching their heads at my inclusion of the 1st Annual Hot Sauce Expo. Generally speaking, the food aspect of this particular event would find me posting this on my PiercingKen.com site but with a number of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock greats all having a hot sauce of their own found me putting the story here for the PiercingMetal fan base. Read on.
The event itself was the brainchild of Jimmy Carbone and Steve Seabury. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Seabury, or “Buckshot” for a number of years from the Metal scene and watched him perform on the stage and eventually launch his now super popular High River Sauces brand. That being said, it was time to explore the event and lend some support. Here is the sign that greeted me as I wandered to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.
One of the many event sponsors were the cats from Empire Biscuit and they were baking biscuits and serving them up with a couple of kinds of gravy. While I didn’t manage to snag a photo of those tasty treats I did snap their bag of spiced walnuts and their outrageous gumbo. It was a warm but windy day and that made it chilly at times being on the waterfront. This gumbo was the perfect thing. I will be hitting their restaurant when it opens in the summer for sure.