Hot Sauce Festival

August 29, 1999

hotsauce logo



sauce map


Contestant Sampling Tables
Contestant Sampling Tables

PeopleÕs Choice Ballots
People’s Choice Ballots

Festival and Chronicle T-Shirts
Festival and Chronicle T-Shirts

Food and Drink Ticket Sales
Food and Drink Ticket Sales



FOOD AND DRINK VENDORS

1 BBQ World Headquarters
3 Jim-Jim’s Water-Ice
4 Wheatsville Food Co-op
5 Ruby’s Barbeque
19 Botanitas Mexican Restaurant
22 Botanitas Roasted Corn
27 Austin Slow Burn
32 Shave This
33 Flamingo Cantina
36 O’ Shucks Tamales
37 Jumpin’ Jacks Java


COMMERCIAL BOOTHS

2 Texas-Texas Salsa
6 Jimmy O’s Texas Marinades
7 Austin Spice Company
9 Texas Lava Unlimited
10 Hombres Foods
11 Sgt. Pepper’s Hot Sauce
12 Aztexan Pepper Co.
13 CaJohns Fiery Foods
14 ATA International
15 Tres Chic of Texas
23 Oasis Foods
24 Texas Heat Ranch
25 Ana’s Salsa
28 Austin Kitchen, Inc.
29 Dr. Doug’s Salsa
35 Boggy Creek Farms


OTHER BOOTHS

8 Amateur Hour
16 Capital Area Food Bank
17 Liberty Bank
18 Congress Avenue Booksellers -- Booksigning and Sales
20 Budweiser Merchandise
21 Chile Pepper Magazine
26 KGSR
30 Ay Chiwawa Mexican Restaurant
31 Guiltless Gourmet
34 Wide Loop Cowboy Gear
38 Garcia Farms


A POSSIBLE PLAN OF ACTION FOR 9TH ANNUAL AUSTIN CHRONICLE HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL

10:30-11:30AM

Check-in takes place for individual and restaurant contestants at Waterloo Park.

11:00AM

Festival begins -- everyone starts eating as much hot sauce as humanly possible.

11:05AM

Go get something cold to drink -- QUICK!

11:30AM-1:00PM

A-Town Wags perform. Swagger proudly over to the stage -- you just made it through a half hour of some of the best and hottest sauces you ever tasted -- and survived!

NOON

Judging begins behind closed doors;
Get something to eat to prepare for yet another round of sampling.

12:30-1:30PM

Booksigning featuring Grady Spears of Reata in Ft. Worth, Jeff Blank of Hudson's on the Bend in Austin, David Garrido of Jeffrey's and Fresh Planet in Austin, and Miguel Ravago of Austin takes place under the tent in front of the stage.

1:30-3:00PM

Los Pinkys performs -- dance around to all the commercial bottlers' booths and pick your favorite red, green, special variety, and pepper sauces, then go vote at the ballot boxes located in the tent west of the stage.

2:00PM

Go play in the sprinkler.

3:00PM

People's choice balloting for best
commercial sauce ends. Congratulate each other for a job well done. Everyone deserves an icy cold something or other ... and maybe something else to eat. The food is really good at this festival!

3:30-5:00PM

Don Walser's Pure Texas Band performs -- two step from booth to booth making sure you got some of everything to take home.

5:00PM

Awards Announced -- Whoop and holler!


THE HOT SAUCE CONTEST

The contest has three levels of competition: individuals (homemade), restaurants, and commercial bottlers. This gives us a good chance to recognize homemade salsas in a class by themselves. It also gives us a chance to consider salsas made fresh daily in restaurants apart from those made for grocery store shelves. The three categories of hot sauce for each level are designed to leave enough room for a wide variety of styles. In the past, special variety sauces have included fruit salsas, dried pepper salsas, and even a purple sauce.

HOMEMADE SALSAS/RESTAURANT SALSAS

All salsas in these categories are available for tasting by the public at designated tasting areas around the Waterloo Park grounds (triangular dipping chips on the map).

You can still enter by bringing your salsa to the check-in area in Waterloo Park between 10:30-11:30am on Sunday. For this part of the contest, our judges pick the winners in each of the following categories:

Homemade red

Homemade green

Homemade special variety

Restaurant red

Restaurant green

Restaurant special variety

Winners in these categories will be announced at 5pm.

COMMERCIAL SALSAS/PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

Commercial salsas are not included in the rest of the tasting. These are available at separate booths around the park (green numbers on the map). The public is invited to vote in these categories, which include:

Commercial red sauce

Commercial green sauce

Commercial hot pepper sauce

Commercial special variety sauce

Ballots for voting are available at The Austin Chronicle booth near the stage (the blue flag on the map). Pick one up, vote for your favorites, and return the ballot to the booth by 3pm. The winners will be announced at 5pm, with the winners in the Homemade and
Restaurant Salsas categories.

FOOD VENDORS

Restaurant and food vendors from around town will be selling everything from roasted chiles to ice cream and smoothies (red numbers on the map).

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