Hot Pepper Fest fires up Akron thanks to Shanti Farms

Highlights from the First Annual Akron Hot Pepper Festival!  It was a hot blast with standing room only!  We hope to make this a tradition in Akron celebrating the Hot Pepper culture of the Bhutanese and other Asian and African immigrant groups settling in Akron!


August 10  Patterson Park  North Hill Akron

Event Rundown Gotta Read:
  • Hot Pepper Eating Contest Winner: Nikole Moore, Akron (pictured far right)


  • Hottest Locally-grown Pepper Winner: Chinta Mari and Phan Maya Karki (pictured far left standing)


  • Bamboo Splitting Competition Winner: Ms Mgo


  • Snake Gourd Dart Throwing Winner: Bista Jr. and Tom Crain


  • A Hot Thanks to our Major Sponsor: Melissa Moore, Community Caregivers, Cuyahoga Falls


  • A Hot Thanks to our Emcee: Christoper Green, PBS Around Akron with Blue Green


  • A Hot Thanks to our Hottest Pepper Judges: Stephanie Warsmith, Akron Beacon Journal; Blue Green, PBS; John Uhgrin, North Akron CDC; Rich Swirsky, Akron Councilman Ward One; Beth Knorr, Summit Food Coalition


  • A Hot Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and helpers:  Dave Moledor, Sarah Moledor, Reena Rizal, Tamana Rizal, Chinta Karki, Wes Mack


A Hot thanks to the media for your generous promotion of the event:  

Katie Byard, Akron Beacon Journal Feature Story

Carl Bachtel, WKYC TV3

Kristen Wunderle, FOX8 New Day




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