To participate in the Hot Sauce Festival, download the registration form and submit by Wednesday, August 20.
If you are a commercial hot sauce bottler and are interested in securing a booth at the Hot Sauce Festival, please contact Dan.
For sponsorship or media inquiries please contact Sarah.
Looking for a hot volunteer opportunity? If you would like to volunteer please register at www.shiftboard.com/hotsauce. If you have questions regarding volunteering please contact Gene Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, which began in 1990, has become the world's largest, drawing as many as 15,000 spectators and more than 350 entries every year. This year The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival will take place on Sunday, August 24 at Fiesta Gardens (2100 Jesse E. Segovia St.) in Austin, Texas.
In the 24 years since its inception, what started out as a small contest with a few spectators has turned into one of Austin's biggest and best-known annual parties. The event is a favorite among hot and spicy food lovers from all over the country. The Hot Sauce Festival also serves as a major fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Last year's Festival raised over 45,300 meals for the Austin area in a six hour period!
FREE to the public (with a donation of three healthy, nonperishable food items or a suggested $5 cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas), the event draws upward of 15,000 spectators and more than 350 entries every year.
CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK DONATION & RAFFLE
The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is presented in conjunction with the Capital Area Food Bank. Three healthy, nonperishable food donations or a cash donation for CAFB are requested. Purchase raffle tickets at the festival to be
included in the drawing for this year's Sizzling Summer Raffle prize packages (up to five packages available valued at more than $500 each). There's no limit – purchase as many as you'd like! $5 each, or five for $20. Every $5 raffle ticket purchased allows the food bank to provide $25 worth of nutritious food to Central Texas families.
HOT SAUCE COMPETITION
The hot sauce contest has three levels of competition: individuals (homemade), restaurants, and commercial bottlers. This gives us a good chance to recognize hot sauces in a class by themselves. It also gives us a chance to consider hot sauces made fresh daily in restaurants apart from those made for grocery store shelves. The 2014 featured Hot Sauce Festival judges are some of the finest chefs in Texas!
LaTasha Lee and the BlackTies
Gumbo Se Coir
Rosie and the Ramblers
HOT SAUCE MAKERS
One of the most popular features of The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is the giant tasting tent with hundreds of different tasty sauces free for sampling! In order to have as many different kinds of sauces as possible under that tent, we need your help! The Austin Chronicle is working in conjunction with Just Add Chef to allow Individual hot sauce makers to make their sauces in a commercial kitchen so that our volunteers can then put them out for the general public to sample.
On Friday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Aug. 23, Just Add Chef's commercial kitchen will be available for FREE so that you can make your hot sauce. YOU MUST BRING ALL OF YOUR OWN INGREDIENTS, and please plan to make one quart of sauce. Once you are finished, you will receive a receipt verifying that your hot sauce was made in a commercial kitchen. Please BRING THIS RECEIPT WITH YOU WHEN YOU check in on the morning of the event. ALL HOT SAUCE ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED BY OUR PANEL OF JUDGES regardless of where they were made.
Just Add Chef is located at 3505 N. I-35. Hours of availability: Friday, Aug. 22, 2pm-6pm; Saturday, Aug. 23, 9am-6pm. Call Herb at 708-1125 to schedule your appointment.
When is it?
Sunday, Aug. 24
12pm to 5pm
Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St.
How much is admission?
Admission is free, but we request that you bring three nonperishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank or donate $3.
Where can I park?
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF THE NEIGHBORS AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD. PAY ATTENTION TO CITY SIGNAGE AND DO NOT BLOCK DRIVEWAYS.
Park & Ride:
FREE parking is available at Saltillo Plaza at the northwest corner of 4th & Waller for Hot Sauce Festival attendees. FREE Shuttle buses will be running to and from Fiesta Gardens throughout the day.
Bike racks will be available at main entrance of the Hot Sauce Festival.
Parking is available on the streets around and surrounding Fiesta Gardens and we especially encourage you to try and park WEST of the venue if at all possible to avoid the neighborhood.
Please be mindful to City signage as parking is restricted in some areas and you will be towed if you park in a no parking area.
If you park in the blocks surrounding the venue on Riverview, Haskell, Holly or the cross streets like Chalmers, Chicon, Lynn and Anthony, keep in mind you are in a residential neighborhood.
Where can I park my bike?
Everyone is encouraged to use pedal power – by far the easiest way to get to an event! Bike parking is available at the main entrance of the Hot Sauce Festival at Fiesta Gardens. Bring your lock. www.austintexas.gov/page/trail-directory
Find out about biking in Austin at the following link: www.austintexas.gov/department/bicycle
Can anybody enter?
Yes, there are categories for individuals and restaurants. Commercial bottler awards are determined by people's choice balloting and judging.
How much is the entry fee?
$20 per entry for individuals; $25 for restaurants; commercial bottlers must buy a booth, and they are automatically a part of the judging and the people's choice award, if they want to be.
Can I enter more than one sauce?
Individuals can enter a sauce in each category or can enter as many sauces in each category as they like. Restaurants, however, can only enter two sauces per category. A chain restaurant may not enter under individual locations. You must pay for each entry, so two red entries would be $40 for an individual and $50 for restaurants. Commercial bottlers can have as many sauces to sample at their booths as they would like.
Can I enter the day of the event?
Yes, be at Fiesta Gardens between 10:30 and 11:30am (but we strongly encourage pre-registration).
How much hot sauce do I need to bring?
Bring 1 pint of each sauce if you make it in your kitchen at home or 1 quart if you make it in a commercial kitchen and bring in plastic disposable containers.
Info about the commercial kitchen
If you are an individual and you would like the general public to sample your sauce, it must be made in a commercial kitchen. You can either make it at a restaurant your friend owns and bring a receipt verifying that the sauce was made in a commercial kitchen or you may go to Just Add Chef at 3505 N. I-35 on the Friday or Saturday before the contest and make it there. Call 708-1125 to set up an appointment. There is no charge for using Just Add Chef's kitchen, but you need to bring all of the ingredients that you will need.
Who are the judges?
Chefs from around the state
What does special variety mean?
Anything that isn't a red (tomato-based) or a green (tomatillo-based) sauce, such as fruit based salsas, etc.
What do I get for entering?
A festival T-shirt
What do I get if I win?
Winners receive trophies for first place and certificates for second and third places. Winners also will be announced in The Austin Chronicle. Winner status can be used in their own publicity.
Do you still need vendors?
Food vendor booths have sold out. We do not need any drink vendors.
What are the categories?
Commercial bottler categories: red, green, special variety, pepper sauce. Individual and restaurant categories: red, green, and special variety.
What can I bring?
Allowable Items you may bring to the park:
Collapsible lawn chairs
A minimum of three food items for the Capital Area Food Bank
Coolers of any type
What bus routes will get me to the park?
Where is handicap parking?
Spaces are available on Jesse E. Segovia St.