A pair of Pinellas County food festivals will offer up eats for fiery food lovers this weekend.
The 13th annual I Like It Hot Festival in Largo will feature two days of spicy foods and hot sauces to sample, plus hundreds of pepper plants to purchase. There’s also a pepper-eating contest, amateur hot sauce and salsa competitions, a “spicy lolly lick-a-thon” and a “hot hula hoop contest” (though we’re not exactly sure what those last two entail).
The family-friendly event runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave N. in Largo. Admission is $5. Children ages 12-and-under get in free.
In Seminole, the adult-oriented Pit Boss and Hot Sauce Festival brings live music, motorcycles and a barbecue cook-off with chefs vying for more than $1,500 in prizes to Screwie Louie’s Famous Porpoise Pub, 8701 Seminole Blvd.
The inaugural fest, hosted by Charlie Humphries of Full Throttle Magazine, will offer free food samples, a meet-and-greet with motorcycle daredevil Bob Gill, motorcycle and lingerie shows and a full lineup of rock bands.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday. Admission is free Saturday, and $5 on Sunday. Veterans get in for $3.
The proceeds benefit charities helping battered women, children and homeless teens.