Award Winning Year!
It began with 2 awards from the Fiery Food show. We were given the top honor with the "Golden Chili" award for our garlic and chipotle salsas. This food show is held annually in Albuquerque New Mexico and with 100's of entries we were humbled and amazed to have been awarded 2 such high honors.
Then it was onto the Weekend of Fire event held at Jungle Jim's International Market in Ohio. This 2 day event hosted over 50 vendors from across the country. With offerings from mild to 'you gotta sign a waiver to eat this' it was an outstanding event. This was our first year at this public event and we submitted our new Mild Artichoke salsa for a chance at a WOFI award. Mild artichoke? At the Weekend of FIRE event? Some said we were nuts but the votes did not lie... our salsa was a hit and we were honored to be recognized. We will be back again this year in October to defend our title again.
Two wins at the 2013 Scovie Award for our mild garlic and medium chipotle salsa was the next stop in this award winning year. This is the second year in a row Little Diablo has been recognized by the Scovie Award. This judging event is huge... over 850 entries from 39 US states and seven countries including Austria, Canada, Ecuador, Australia, St. Lucia, the United Kingdom and the United States. It is one of the most competitive blind tasted food competitions. Hundreds of products are entered and go through rigorous tastings to receive the top honors.
The icing on the year came from The Hot Pepper Awards out of New York City. This is the 7th year for this award event and is hosted by TheHotPepper.com which is the internets first and premier chilihead community. Little Diablo's medium chipotle took home top overall honors in the salsa category with A Hot Pepper Award and also first place in the salsa division. This was our first year in this competition and we couldn't be more surprised. Being judged by some of the most experienced in the spicy food industry and then being awarded top overall is the largest compliment we could receive.
What an outstanding year for Little Diablo Salsa! We are so humbled and thrilled that our salsa is being recognized as a true contender among the literally 100's of salsas available on the market today. We couldn't achieve what we are achieving without first the grace of God, support from our family, friends and fan and many sleepless nights and long days. Here's to another spicy year!
~Doug and Stacy