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 Columbus Fiery Foods Festival Makes Its Long Overdue Return to Downtown Columbus

Two-day Event to Take Over the Main Street Bridge August 27–28, 2022

Columbus, Ohio — (March 15, 2022) — MGN, the Columbus based event firm behind many of the areas award-winning festivals, and CD929FM, the region’s largest independent radio station, are pleased to announce the return of the Columbus Fiery Foods Festival on Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sunday, August 28 from Noon–7 p.m. along the Main Street bridge on the Scioto Mile in Downtown Columbus. The two-day event showcases the fiery side of life with restaurants, hot sauce makers, salsa makers and exhibitors from around the country. 

Festival-goers can expect to satisfy their need for heat by sampling everything from BBQ to salsa to sweet treats with a kick. In addition to the Fiery Foods, the festival features artisans, crafters, food trucks, and entertainment. And no Fiery Foods Festival would be complete without attendees having the opportunity to be part of the action. A variety of contests will be held throughout the weekend including, but not limited to, Hot Pizza Eating, Hot Wing Eating, Hot Pepper Eating and amatuer Salsa Contest  Complete contest information is scheduled to be released in early August via Facebook @colsfieryfoodsfest

General Admission for the event is $10 per person and children 12 years of age and younger are free with a paid adult admission. Tickets are good for single day admission and get you into either day of the event. A special $5 General Admission ticket presale starts on March 15th and runs through June 1st or while supplies last. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or through Eventbrite by searching Columbus Fiery Foods Festival. Once again, the festival is partnering with the children’s charity CD102.5 for the Kids and a portion of the proceeds will be donated.

“We’re looking forward to bringing this festival back, it’s been two years in the making and is long overdue. After two years with very few events, we know we have many “chileheads” in Columbus and around the region ready for some heat and we’re ready to bring it,” said Mike Gallicchio, event co-founder and president of MGN. 

Restaurant, vendor, and sponsor applications are now being accepted for the event.  Interested applicants should visit

Stay connected with the Fiery Foods Festival!


Facebook: @colsfieryfoods 

Instagram: @columbusfieryfoodsfest

About the Main Street Bridge 

The Main Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio is a 700 ft, three-span, inclined tied arch bridge over the Scioto River. The bridge is the first in North America and the fifth in the world to use an inclined single-rib-tied arch superstructure. 

The bridge is located at near Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile in Downtown Columbus

About CD102.5 for the Kids 

CD102.5 for the Kids was designed as an avenue for WWCD 102.5 (now CD929FM) to better utilize the power of the airwaves. Proceeds raised go to accredited organizations that provide  support and assistance to children and families in the Central Ohio area. CD929FM is locally owned and operated with a strong philanthropic philosophy of giving back to the community with the help of listeners, staff and clients. 

For more information about CD929 and CD1025 for the Kids, please visit

About Mike Gallicchio and MGN! 

MGN, located in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the area’s premier event firms. Led by event  veteran Mike Gallicchio, the firm is responsible for some of the most notable events in  the area including The Columbus Food Truck Festival, Columbus Summer Wine Festival, Whitehall Food Truck Festival, and a host of other community-based festivals. 

For more information about Mike and MGN, please visit