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The City of Highwood is heating up as Celebrate Highwood gets fired up Inferno Fest on Wednesday, June 26th, from 4:30-9:30pm in Everts Park (130 Highwood Avenue). Showcasing a plethora of the hottest and spiciest foods and beverages, Inferno Fest will test the taste buds of the most fearless food enthusiasts. For those worried they may not be able to handle the heat, have no fear, the event will take place in conjunction with all the fabulous vendors at the weekly Highwood Evening Gourmet Market.

The fun, fiery Inferno Fest will feature such spectacular creations as spicy pasta dishes, peppery nuts and popcorn, piquant tacos and salsa, hot wings, and many more daring dishes to taste. Fabulous live music by Derrick Procell and the Redeemers, and an assortment of unique spicy foods will create an entertaining atmosphere while visitors sample the hottest foods on the North Shore.

For adults 18 years an older in for a challenge, the free Inferno Fest Eating Contest will be back at 8 p.m. at the gazebo. The rules are simplewhoever can eat the most La Casa de Isaac "hot taquitos", without calling for a Kefir Cool Down, wins a $200 gift card! Not all who dared enter this competition in the past walked away the same ever again. This is truly a challenge for those with iron stomachs. All venturesome competitors are required to complete and sign a participation waiver prior to the contest.

"Inferno Fest will be a test of taste buds and endurance for all those who dare to compete," says Eric Falberg, President of Celebrate Highwood and Highwood Alderman. Thankfully, Kefir Kids will be on hand to rescue sweltering mouths with as much Kefir non-dairy smoothies to cool down their palates after the competition.

For those not in the know, milk interacts with spices to cool taste buds in a way that water or soda cannot. Dubbed as the the champagne of dairy', Kefir will be on site with cool down samples to share with anyone who is coming out to Inferno Fest to expand their culinary horizons!

Special thanks to Celebrate Highwood Inferno Fest sponsors, Lifeway Kefir, Passanante Home Food Service, La Casa de Isaac.

For more information on Inferno Fest, please visit For more information on Celebrate Highwood's 2018 series of family friendly festivals and events, please visit or Celebrate Highwood on Facebook.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Jun 20, 2019
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