Inferno Fest: hot times coming to Highwood

Inferno Fest: hot times coming to Highwood

If you like it hot then head to Highwood this Wednesday, July 12 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Everts Park (130 Highwood Avenue) for Inferno Fest.

Inferno Fest, one of a string of summer fests that take place in Highwood, will be turning up the fire with the hottest of hot spicy foods and beverages in conjunction  their weekly Highwood Evening Gourmet Market.

Highwood, you ask?

Located 24 miles north of Chicago, Highwood is the playground for North Shore residents when they are looking to eat, drink and go-festing without heading to the city.

Once nicknamed, “Whiskey Junction” for their notorious bars and taverns and named one of America’s most troubled city’s by Theodore Roosevelt, Highwood has been called a blue-collar town nestled between the Blue Bloods–towns like Lake Forest, Highland Park, Glencoe and others along the shore.

Tiny in size at just 0.71 square miles and small in population at 5,000, this little hamlet is large in spirit.

Home to more than 100 restaurants, Highwood offers an amazing variety of tastes.

You want Cuban…go to Miramar. Indian? Head to Curry Hut.  Mexican? Try La Casa de Isaac. Italian? Del Rio has been a favorite for decades. French? Check out Froggy’s–another long-time Highwood fav. Caribbean? It’s hard to beat El Buren.

This Wednesday’s Inferno Fest will be showcasing some of the hottest of hot from local restaurants and vendors at the market.

Look for creations including spicy pasta dishes, peppery nuts and popcorn, piquant tacos and salsa, hot wings, and much more–along with hot live music.

Plus, if you dare, take part in the Inferno Fest Eating Contest to see how many spicy tamales from La Casa de Isaac you can eat in a minute. The Inferno Fest Eating Contest begins at 7 p.m. at the gazebo ($10 entry fee). All competitors are required to complete and sign a participation waiver prior to the contest. There will be prizes for the winners.

The weekly summer market is just one of many happenings that draw visitors to town including Taco Fest, Garlic Fest, Bloody Mary Fest and the Great Pumpkin Fest to name a few.

For more information, click here.

For a roundup of Chicago Summer Festivals, click here.

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