This year's Weekend of Fire was, we think, the hottest ever! With fiery foods, drinks, contests, and expanded layout, we pulled out all the stops to bring you the fieriest experience we could. We want to thank each and every one of you for making this year's Weekend of Fire one for the record books!
We would like to congratulate the following winners of our WoFi Awards and the contestants at our Arena of Fire!
WoFi Award Winners
1st - Mikey V's Smoked Bacon
2nd - Elijah's Etreme Ghost Pepper Salsa
3rd - Scotty O' Hotty Ghost Pepper Salsa
1st - Scotty O'Hotty Beer Bacon with Scorpion Hot Sauce
2nd - Dashelito's Black Burn Out Hot Sauce
3rd - Bravado Spice Pineapple and Habanero Hot Sauce
1st - The Shed Southern Sweet BBQ
2nd - Chili Rocks Fiery Pepper Whiskey BBQ Sauce
3rd - Granddad's Original BBQ Sauce
1st - Elijah's Extreme Reaper Sauce
2nd - Little Bird Fire Syrup
3rd - Scotty O'Hotty Beer Bacon Chipotle
Arena of Fire Winners
Blistering Bloody Mary
1st - Andrew M.
2nd - Jake Fred
3rd - Wesley Kirk
The Oscar Tear
1st - Nathan Thicke
2nd - Ken Evanchuck
3rd - Andrew M.
1st - Maggie Thomas
2nd - Jacob Fred
3rd - Lithia Phillips
WOF Wing King
1st - Eric Blevins
2nd - Andrew M.
3rd - Robert Brewer
Feast of Fire
1st - Nathan Thicke
2nd - John
3rd - Deron Alperman
1st - Kevin Betsch
2nd - Maggie Thomas
3rd - Doug Christophersey
1st - Doug Christophersey
2nd - Tristen Linck
3rd - Joe Spencer
Spicy Pizza Sweats
1st - William Sewell
2nd - Steve Smallwood
3rd - Andrew F. Nick
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!
If there’s one thing about Jungle Jim’s, it’s that we’re always on the lookout for the next big thing. We’re entering the 11th year of our Weekend of Fire festival, a 2 day extravaganza of heat and flavor, so we’re changing things up on the floor by expanding the size of the festival. With that, we’re able to bring back partners from years past, as well as welcome some new faces to the party.
We’re going to look at some of those now… Two companies doing some fun, flavorful, and exciting things in the world of spicy foodstuff are making return appearances, and a new Kentucky-made hot sauce is making their debut. Let’s go!
Don’t forget: Tickets are on sale now for this year’s Weekend of Fire. We have a lot of new things in the works - the show really will be bigger and better than ever - so don’t miss out on the hottest weekend of the year!
Keep it flavorful, and keep it hot.
Jungle Jim’s “Pepperologist”
Three letters come to mind when we think about summer: B-B-Q.
With smoky, rich, sultry summer flavors on our mind, we set out to create an event that combined all of our favorite elements of these sunny, warmer months: games, drinks, friends and family, and, of course, delicious BBQ. With that, our first ever BBQ & Grilling Festival was born, and we couldn’t have had more fun if we tried!
We want to thank each and every one of you for coming out, checking out great vendors from inside the store and throughout Southwest Ohio, and enjoying delicious craft beer from our friends at Municipal Brew Works with us. We hope you enjoyed all of the awesome BBQ, music, and games as much as we did!
Check out some photos from the day, as well as a little video recap of the afternoon’s festivities - just don’t watch on an empty stomach!
Catch the rest of the photos on Events at the Jungle on Facebook!
A 10-year Anniversary is a big deal, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate 10 years of our International Wine Festival with you. Filled with wine from all over the world, bite size delicacies, charcuterie and more, our 2017 festival will be an intimate, elegant, and exciting two night event.
Lively and vibrant, our International Wine Festival brings education and leisure together as we welcome those new to wine and connoisseurs alike to the Oscar Event Center. After all, we’re pouring and enjoying over 400 wines from more than 90 wineries, and we want everyone to sip, savor and experience these incredible creations in the best way possible.
As with our previous wine festivals, we’re offering two ticketing options, either of which promise an exceptionally entertaining evening. We want you to pick your own wine adventure, and let us be the guides.
For those looking for a simple, but no less lavish experience, our Grand Tasting option will make for something truly memorable. Enjoy Food Pairings by Country, wine samples from all of the wineries in the Grand Hall, as well as a commemorative 2017 Wine Festival glass and Tasting Guide.
Our Connoisseur ticket is your gateway to a night of wine and revelry, blending elements of our Grand Tasting ticket with so much more. A special Dinner By The Bite prepared by our talented in-house Chef at the Oscar Kitchen awaits, as well as exclusive wine samples and access to our Oscar Bar. Take home a commemorative 2017 Wine Festival glass, as well as our indispensable Tasting Guide.
And don’t worry, there’s a Non-Drinker option, as well, for those who simply want to enjoy the company of family and friends. Enjoy the charcuterie and snacks available, as well as water, coffee, and soda.
For those who attend and are a part of our Wine Passport e-newsletter program, we’re proud to offer our Buyer’s Club, which you you can use to order the wines you like most, then pick them up from either Jungle Jim’s location to keep the good times rolling at home. Think of it as your very own, year ‘round Wine Festival. And it all starts here.
Much like a bottle of wine, our International Wine Festival is best shared with friends and family. There’s a story to every bottle, and a smile for every sip. Let’s raise a glass together, and toast 10 years of fine wine and even finer company. Salud!
You wouldn’t know it by stepping outside, but the summer is coming to a close. That didn’t stop hundreds of people from coming out to Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield to celebrate Ohio breweries at our second annual Buckeye Beer Bash, though! Awesome Ohio craft beer was flowing, the music was loud, and the food was delicious as all who gathered had an amazing time sampling beers from the Buckeye State.
We would like to thank all of the breweries and food trucks in attendance, as you all made the night one to remember, but we also want to thank all of YOU! Without you, devoted and adventurous craft beer lovers, this festival would be nothing. Thank you so much for attending, and we hope to see you next year!
Want to see the full photo gallery? Check it out on Events at the Jungle on Facebook!
Can’t wait for the next Jungle Jim’s beer festival? Join us for Fall Smash where we will be featuring ciders, pumpkin beers and local food trucks on October 21 from 3-7pm at our Fairfield location!
And keep an eye out for news about January’s Barrel Aged Beer Bash… it’s coming up faster than you think!
This past week we had the honor to talk to a few local breweries as well as one up in Cleveland about what they do, why they do it and how excited they are to return to Buckeye Beer Bash this weekend. We talked to Urban Artifact, MadTree Brewing, Municipal Brew Works, Rivertown Brewing and Fat Head's Brewery. Check out their thoughts about brewing in Ohio and what makes Buckeye Beer Bash so great to them below. If you haven't grabbed your tickets yet what are you waiting for! Let's kick back, relax, and send out the summer in style with Ohio beer! #drinklocal
The end of the summer is fast approaching, but don’t you worry. Warmer days may be going away, but that means Jungle Jim’s is ramping up for our fall festival season! We will be taking you through the Weekend of Fire, diving in for a Taste of the Sea, jumping over to Fall Smash, and ending with our elegant International Wine Festival. Join us this fall and explore our wildly diverse world of food and drink!
Weekend of Fire - Oct. 7-8 - Oscar Event Center Jungle Jim’s Fairfield
Bigger, bolder and better than ever, this year’s show is taking on a life of it’s own! We’re offering more booths, hotter contests, a Bloody Mary Bartending Battle and a whole lot more! Get ready for two whole days of the spiciest, most flavorful and exciting eats we can rustle up. Weekend of Fire is back!
Taste of the Sea - Oct. 21 - Paradise Pavilion Eastgate
This October, we’re setting sail and taking you out to sea! Join us at our Eastgate location, inside Paradise Pavilion, as we travel around the world sampling delicious seafood creations from our own Seafood Department, as well items and dishes from some of our most savory seafood partners. Looking for the perfect date night for Sweetest Day? Jungle Jim’s Taste of the Sea brings the bounty of the ocean to you. So join us inside Paradise Pavilion and enjoy!
Fall Smash - Oct. 21 - Greenhouse Jungle Jim’s Fairfield
Fall is all about flavor, and at Fall Smash, we’re all about packing as much of that flavor into the day as possible. We’ll have food trucks from all over the Tri-State area parked next to the Greenhouse from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM, and will be opening up the Greenhouse itself for our hard cider and pumpkin beer tasting at 3:00 PM sharp! Sample from more than a dozen vendors from the area, region, and nation, as we take you on a journey through the best hard cider and pumpkin beer we can find. Live entertainment, delicious food and flavorful beverages. Cheers to fall!
International Wine Festival - November 10-11 - Oscar Event Center Jungle Jim’s Fairfield
This year, we’re celebrating 10 years of our International Wine Festival, and you’re invited. For two November nights, we’re pulling out all the stops and throwing the biggest party around with over 90 wineries and more than 400 wines, an incredible array of charcuterie, and more. Whether you’re new to wine, or a connoisseur, we’re ready to show you just how much fun wine can be.
This year, we were so excited to introduce another great experience in our “Taste of” series, Taste of Italia. For one sunny, late summer day, Paradise Pavilion brought the best and brightest from our Italian aisles to the plates of festival goers, offering a variety of fresh cheeses, flavorful sauces, delicious pastas, and more!
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for our first ever Taste of Italia. We can’t wait to do it all again! Mangia bene!
And don't forget, we'll be back in October with another great "Taste of" event inside Paradise Pavilion! Our Taste of the Sea seafood sampling event returns this October 21! Check out all the details and purchase tickets here. See you in October!
On October 21, we’re getting our festival on at BOTH Jungle Jim’s locations with two very different, but equally flavor-filled events!
Jungle Jim’s Taste of the Sea - This October, we’re setting sail and taking you out to sea! Join us at our Eastgate location, inside Paradise Pavilion, as we travel around the world sampling delicious seafood creations from our own Seafood Department, as well items and dishes from some of our most savory seafood partners. Looking for the perfect date night for Sweetest Day? Jungle Jim’s Taste of the Sea brings the bounty of the ocean to you. So join us inside Paradise Pavilion and enjoy!
What’s the other fest? Head here to check out Jungle Jim’s Fall Smash!