HIGHWOOD – Celebrate Highwood’s Inferno Fest attracted thousands of fearless foodies ready to try Chicago’s spiciest foods and beverages on Wednesday, June 27th. Returning from its hiatus after last year’s thunderstorm cancellations, Inferno Fest featured daring dishes, the Inferno Fest Hot Tamale Eating Contest, and a fountain dedication in honor of Highwood’s beloved Bruno Bertucci.
“It was amazing to finally see Inferno Fest back in all its spicy glory! It was a joy walking around listening to attendees’ reactions to all the different spicy foods offered,” says Eric Falberg, President of Celebrate Highwood, and City of Highwood Alderman.
After a long 3 minute food frenzy filled with sweat, tears and La Casa de Isaac “hot tamales” fueled by Pepper Palace hot sauces, only one of the 14 competitors was left standing without calling for a Kefir Cool Down. Scott Urbanowski, of Northbrook, finished three insanely hot tamales and created a roaring crowd, receiving a $200 gift card and coveted title of 2018 Inferno Fest Hot Tamale Eating Contest winner.
Another highlight of the night was the rededication of the Bruno Bertucci Fountain, “after sitting dormant for almost 12 years it is wonderful to have the Bruno Bertucci Fountain blooming again in Everts Park in honor of a man who dedicated so much to the City of Highwood, serving on the Highwood Chamber for 40 years,” says Falberg. “The Fountain will now be a focal point, as it is filled with beautiful silk flowers, adding to the natural beauty of our Festival Grounds.”
Special thanks to Celebrate Highwood Inferno Fest sponsors La Casa de Isaac, Lifeway Kefir, Midwest Gutter Guard, Passanantes Home Food Service, Pepper Palace and State Farm Brian Lock Agency
Here are some photos of Highwood Inferno Fest:
Submitted by Celebrate Highwood