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"Zestfest" To Benefit Irving Cares With Second Annual Food Rally

"ZESTFEST" cordially invites all vendors and guests to donate non-perishable food items to Irving Cares by combining the love of spicy food with the compassion to feed others.  When you attend ZestFest, please bring canned goods to place in marked bins to show your continued community support of the food pantry at Irving Cares. In exchange for a donation of canned goods, you'll receive $2 off the admission price at the Convention Center Box Office.

"ZestFest has always supported the efforts of food banks to feed the hungry. We believe in supporting the community which has supported our show for the last 10 years. This is a great way for our attendees to get $2.00 off of the ticket price and help the less fortunate. Win-win all around," said Greg Bagarozy, the show producer.

ZestFest 2012 will be held January 27 thru 29 at Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. This event brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country.  Hosted by NBC KXAS, your $15 admission entitles you to cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests, and thousands of bold food samples. Children under 10 are free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Tickets may be purchased at the Convention Center Box Office.  The event runs January 27 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; January 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and January 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"The Food Pantry at Irving Cares provides nutritionally balanced groceries for families in need, serving an average of 700 families per month. Each order holds 85 pounds of food, so we need nearly 60,000 pounds food each and every month. Your donation at ZestFest can help us fight hunger in Irving, as well as giving you the opportunity to see a great show," said Teddie Story, Irving Cares' Chief Executive Officer.

In families without adequate financial resources, people typically go without basic human needs, such as food. The consequences are lasting and jeopardize children's long-term health, employment and earnings potential, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.  For more information about the Food Pantry Program, please visit our website at

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