Non-Native Exposed to Heated Tradition


When it comes to hot sauces, I would say that I have had the average exposure with Tabasco on my tacos and Sriracha on my noodles. So when I received an invite to attend a festival entirely dedicated to bringing Austinians together to share their original blends of semi-liquid explosives, I was intrigued.

Unable to shake the image of residents walking around in summer weather sampling deliciousness with tears and spoons, I have decided to share some of my thoughts and advice on my preparation for this event.

Being a novice to hot sauces, I decided to dig around to figure out why hot sauce feels so good when it’s scorching your mouth and how to tame the flame. Hello Hello Capsaicin, this component found in the Genus Capsicum is the culprits for making your body feel the heat. So you want to try more than one sauce but will you last with over 350 entries without melting your mouth? Dairy products, rice, and alcoholic beverages (yes, I said alcohol) are the best counter to the spice and I would suggest to have them in your vicinity, if like me, you are daring to try them all!

Alright Austin, let’s grab our three non-perishable items or cash for donations and equip ourselves with war paint for at 11am this Sunday 25th September at the Fiesta Gardens, I dare you to try as many as you can. I can guarantee volatile flavors, a scorching tongue, and an enriched life experience to say that you had more than just the average hot sauce. This is the occasion to brag.

Details: Hot Sauce Festival at Fiesta Gardens (2100 Jesse E. Segovia St), 11am-5:30pm, free entry with donation of 3 Items of non-perishable foods or cash to the Capital Area Food Bank. Complete info available online.

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