This year's Weekend of Fire will be our BIGGEST and BOLDEST yet. More booths, more food options, and we're even expanding the festival and letting it take over the Greenhouse in front of the store.
We're excited, of course, but we wanted to make sure you were as excited as we are! Check out 10 things to get you fired up for the biggest Fiery Foods Show in the region!
Samples, samples, samples... And did we mention samples?
You read that right! Lots of samples can be found throughout the show - try as much as you want. The best part? If you fall in love with something, you can buy it right then and there, directly from the vendor!
It's not just hot sauce!
No way, no how. Sure, it's called Weekend of Fire, but there's so much more to this two day, flavor filled ode to all things spicy! Salsa, mustard, spices, rubs, BBQ sauce... and, of course, hot sauce all get their time in the limelight.
It's hot, hot, hot!
This is a true spectacle of an event... We might even go so far as to call it SPECTACULAR. Look for all kinds of entertainment while you're sampling and enjoying yourselves! Face painters, stilt walkers, a DJ in the Greenhouse, a free photo booth, and more. It's a big, weird, and FUN weekend!
It's big, weird, fun and... family friendly?!
Weekend of Fire is ABSOLUTELY family friendly! In fact, we think it's one of the best events we have to enjoy with family and friends. Seriously, look at that smile!
Over the top displays galore!
Just like the inside of Jungle Jim's International Market, we encourage those participating in our Weekend of Fire to go BIG and BOLD! We love that they're having so much fun, and can't wait to see what they cook up for this year's event!
The one, the only... Arena Of Fire!
Unless you've witnessed these contests firsthand, you have NO idea how much fun they can be! If you think you have what it takes (and like it really, really hot), you can sign up to enter any of the contests we have lined up (as long as you're over 18). Otherwise, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the chaos!
Cool down with spicy drinks (and also regular drinks)!
We'll have a bevvy of beverages available for purchase - keep it spicy with concoctions like the below, or grab a beer from any of the several booths we'll have spread throughout the festival. You have to tame the heat and quench your thirst somehow, right?
Awards! In the shape of fire hydrants?!
Some of those at this year's event have been a part of Weekend of Fire for a long, long time. Papi Joe's is a perennial favorite, and has amassed a sizable collection of ribbons and Fire Hydrant trophies. Want to know how YOU can choose who gets the next big Weekend of Fire award? Keep reading!
WOFi Awards - YOU decide who takes them home!
Tell us who your favorites are by voting for them, and we'll give ribbons and Fire Hydrant trophies to the winners. And trust us - they LOVE them.
Meet the Man, the Myth, the Legend - Pepperologist Don McBride
Really, is there any better reason to go than to hang out and talk hot sauce with our resident Pepperologist, Don McBride? Sure, all the hot sauces you can actually try are great, but Don? Don's one in a million.
So get your tickets TODAY and join us for this year's Weekend of Fire on October 7 & 8 at the Oscar Event Center in Fairfield, Ohio.
We'll see you there!
yard under the moon. Mooncakes and watermelons are essential to any offering, though, so they have always been a part of the ceremony.
Some fun facts about the Mid-Autumn Festival:
We’re celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with a wide range of mooncakes at both locations, and encourage you stop by and pick one up for a celebration of your own!
Do you celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival? Let us know your family traditions in the comments below!
As we settle into Fall, we enjoy the many traditions of the season – football and soccer, school programs, Oktoberfest, the Renaissance Festival, mums and other blooms, preparing our favorite hearty recipes. What is your favorite Fall pastime?
Gourmet Galeria has lots of special pricing in September, so be sure to take a leisurely walk through our department and discover the savings. Just to name a few – selected Swiss Diamond cookware, Shun Premier cutlery, all grilling and corn ware 30% off, all ice cream tools and popsicle molds 30% off, textiles (aprons, mitts, potholders, and more) 10% off, copper jack-o-lantern Moscow Mule (originally $19.99, now $11.99), Wusthof’s hand-held knife sharpeners. What a great time to shop early for Christmas!
Enjoy our new additions, too. Tervis Tumbler stainless steel insulated travel mugs in lots of colorful designs, the return of Victorinox Swiss Army knives, Demeyer 5-ply stainless steel cookware from Belgium and lots more.
Do come see us and discover all this and more inside Gourmet Galeria.
Our next stop down Memory Lane will be Like – Totally Radical - as we visit the hyper decade of the 1980’s. Be sure to check out the 70’s candy and toys at both Jungle Jim’s locations!
A genuinely beech smoked Bavarian cheese, Bruder Basil is one of the more balanced smoked cheeses that we carry in the shop. First produced by Trappist monks in the Abbey of Rotthalmunster, Basil Weixler came to learn how to make it with the aid of the monks and began making larger batches in 1902.
Texture wise, Bruder Basil is semi-soft, with a nice amount of buttery and smoky notes to please most any palate. It melts beautifully and pairs great with Dark Horse Brewing’s Boffo Brown Ale or, Edmund Fitzgerald, Great Lakes Brewing Company’s porter.
Bruder Basil beech smoked Bavarian cheese is available inside The Cheese Shop at Jungle Jim’s for $14.79/lb.
The Cheese Shop
Now that you are familiar with the beginner olives, let’s take a stroll into the world of what we’ll call intermediate ones.
Really, these are just a few of the intermediate olives we have at The Olive Pit, so stop by and ask one of our Olive Experts for a recommendation and a sample. You won’t be disappointed!
The Olive Pit
Our pepperologist Don McBride is here to show you some of the products that will be featured at this year's Weekend of Fire! Hot sauce, rubs, BBQ sauce, salsa, mustards and more!
Jungle Jim’s International Market and Fab Ferments proudly present the Kombucha Bar at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield.
What is Kombucha
Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that is highly effervescent. Originating in China, it’s been around since about the year 200 BC. Traditionally black or green tea is the base, then sugar and the SCOBY is added for fermentation.
Now, you may be asking, what exactly is a SCOBY? A SCOBY is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. In other words, this is where the magic happens. The yeast eats the sugar, which in-turn creates a small amount of alcohol. The alcohol is then converted by the bacteria into nutritious acids and probiotics. The first fermentation usually lasts around 7 days.
First Fermentation vs Second Fermentation?
Bottled kombucha goes through a second fermentation process which typically gives a stronger, more intense taste. This second fermentation is what carbonates the drink. When kombucha is kegged it only ferments once and the CO2 is added as the keg is tapped. First fermentation kombucha is much lighter in taste and some consider it easier to drink. If you don’t like the bottled stuff, we’re excited to provide the opportunity for you to give first fermentation kombucha a chance.
Kombucha on Tap!
For those already converted to the fun and funky world of kombucha, the newest addition to Jungle Jim’s Fairfield will feature 8 taps of first fermentation kombucha from our partners at Fab Ferments. Fans of Fab Ferments can look forward to an array of tasty beverages pouring from ice cold taps, which will be available to drink at the bar, or take home in our Kombucha Bar growlers.
For the uninitiated, or those who think they’re not fans, it’s time to experience kombucha for the first time, again. Why? First fermentation kombucha has a lighter, less intense flavor, but still many of the same benefits of bottled kombucha. The Kombucha Bar at Jungle Jim’s is our way to help bring a little funk into your life, one pint or growler at a time.
We’re super excited to tell you about a new product we are carrying: My/Mo a “pack your own” mochi ice cream! What, exactly, is Mochi you might ask? Well, let us give you a little history lesson.
Mochi itself is a Japanese rice cake that is pounded into a paste and molded into whatever whatever shape you desire. It has a gel like consistency - think of it almost like a gummy bear. The exact origin of ochi hasn’t been confirmed, but the first time we see it mentioned in history is around the New Year festivities between 794 and 1185 A.D. Japanese nobles of the Imperial Court believed that long strands of freshly made mochi symbolized long life and well-being, while dried mochi helped strengthen one’s teeth. This is why you typically see mochi during new year's celebrations.
Mochi has come a long way since then. Today we just don’t eat mochi by itself, oh no... we fill it with ice cream! What does it taste like? It’s like biting into a sweet marshmallow with creamy ice cream in the middle. Yum!
It doesn’t have to be New Year’s to enjoy tasty mochi ice cream. Stop by the Jungle and try one (or 7) today!
Oktoberfest has a rich history dating back to 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Teresa of Sassonia-Hildburghausen. They invited all of the citizens of Munich to attend the celebration, which was held in the fields in front of the city gate. From that year on it became an annual celebration, which then evolved into the Oktoberfest that we know today.
Now, Oktoberfest is celebrated around the world. Coincidentally, Cincinnati actually hosts the second largest Oktoberfest second only to Munich itself! Since we have such a deep German heritage here in Cincinnati, we thought taking some time out this month to celebrate would not just fun and educational, but delicious, as well!
Gerolsteiner - Mineral Waters
Offering both sparkling and still versions of this incredible mineral water, Gerolsteiner is the number 1 sparkling mineral water in the world! Lively and refreshing, the water itself comes from the Volcanic Eifel region, this soft and pleasantly drinkable water is a great way to stay hydrated and enjoy something unique.
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Orange 20 // Eastgate Location: Yellow 6
Did you know? If beer isn't your thing there is one tent dedicated to Wine at Oktoberfest in Germany.
Dallmayr - Coffee
Dallmayr is one of the best known coffee brands in Germany. They roast approximately 57,000 tons of coffee every year, or about 114 MILLION pounds. They also boast over 115 different types of tea.
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Orange 20 // Eastgate Location: Yellow 6
Did you know? Oktoberfest in Munich is so large that it has its own post office complete with special edition stamps!
Catch the other featured items from this month here:
Alstertor - Mustard Mugs and Cavendish & Harvey - Fruit Candies
Hero Fruit Spreads and Maggi Seasoning and Soup Mixes
Meica Jarred Sausages and Ritter Chocolate Bars
Zeisner Curry Ketchup and Kuhne Pickles and Sauerkraut
Bechtle Noodles and Hans Freitag Cookies
Hengstenberg Mustards and Lorenz Snacks
Gerolstiner Mineral Waters and Dallmayr Coffee