Rochester-area condiment company awarded five Golden Chiles at national exhibition
From Jan. 26 – 28, 2018 The Karma Sauce Company returned to ZestFest and continued its storied run as one of the winningest small-batch condiment brands in the nation. ZestFest, the national food products exhibition which celebrates spicy fare from around the country, hosts the annual Fiery Food Challenge which awards Golden Chiles, or “The Oscars” of spicy food.
This year Karma Sauce products were awarded 14 total times, including five Golden Chile Awards for first-place finishes and two “Best of” titles. Most notably, a sauce from the Company’s Chile Head Series, Funken Hot, took home the titles for Best of the Best in Show and Best Overall Hot Sauce.
Funken Hot also took home the Golden Chile for best Hot Sauce in the Extra Hot category, beating out the Company’s other entry Carnival which took second place. Other Karma sauces that won Golden Chiles: It’s Tuesday Somewhere Taco Rosso – Hot Sauce: Latin, Mild/Medium; Curry Karma Sauce® – Hot Sauce: Asian, Mild/Medium; Good Karma Sauce® – Hot Sauce: Mild, and Rosie Chipotle – Salsa: Chipotle.
Beyond sauces, Karma Sauce® condiments also took home some hardware: Tommy Tomatillo salsa placed second in the Salsa: Verde/Tomatillo category; Cold Process Mustard took another second place finish in the Hot/Extra Hot Mustard category, and Curry Kats’up placed third in the Ketchup/Steak Sauce category. It’s Tuesday Somewhere Taco Verde took third place in the Condiments: Latin category.
The Karma Sauce Company’s success at ZestFest 2018 continues the momentum started in December 2017 when its Extreme Karma Sauce® landed in the sauce lineup of “Hot Ones,” the popular YouTube series where celebrities are interviewed while munching on hot wings. Since season five premiered on Jan. 11, 2018, the first three episodes have garnered over 3.3 million total views.
“We’re excited about all of the exposure and attention so far this year,” says Karma Sauce Company owner/founder Gene Olczak. “I think people relate to the labor of love that goes into making small-batch sauces, and we’re proud to represent Rochester and the Finger Lakes at these national events. Our farm-to-bottle model means our stuff is literally a taste of where we’re from.”
Karma Sauce products may be purchased directly at www.karmasauce.com or from a growing list of select retailers throughout Rochester, the Finger Lakes, and beyond. To find an up-to-date list of Karma Sauce Company retailers, or for complete product descriptions, visit the Karma Vendors tab at the top of The Karma Sauce Company’s homepage.