The Texas Sapphires (3:30-5pm)
Guy Forsyth (1:30-3pm)
White Ghost Shivers (Noon-1pm)
Admission The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival requests that you pay an admission fee in the form of two nonperishable food items to be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. Collection sites will be set up at entrances to Waterloo Park.
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.
Salsas are available for tasting by the public at the designated tasting tent in the middle of the Waterloo Park grounds (marked by triangular dipping chips on the map).
For this part of the contest, our judges pick the winners in each of the following categories:
Homemade special variety
Homemade pico de gallo
Restaurant special variety
Restaurant pico de gallo
Winners will be announced at 5pm.
The public is invited to vote in the commercial categories:
Commercial red sauce
Commercial green sauce
Commercial hot-pepper sauce
Commercial special variety
Want to vote while you're in line tasting your favorite hot sauces? Here's how:
Use your cell phone or laptop to vote for your favorite commercial bottler sauce while you're at Waterloo Park!
Cell phones: austinchronicle.com/events/hotsauce/06/mobile
Vote for your favorites by 4pm. Winners will be announced at 5pm.
Matt's El Rancho
Nutty Brown Cafe
Sun Garden Shaved Ice
Chips for the tasting tent are donated by H-E-B.
Cold water, soda, lemonade, and beer will be available to cool off overheated palates.
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