Eat the Heat

Yep, that's right – a hot sauce festival in August. And not just any old hot sauce fest: The Austin Chronicle's long-running annual exercise in sinus-clearing masochism is the largest hot sauce festival in the world.

The 23rd annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival takes place Sunday, Aug. 25, 11am-5:30pm, at Fiesta Gardens. Admission is free with a donation of three healthy, nonperishable food items or a cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

Want to know what to expect? Click through to find out more about cooking demos, celebrity judges, contest rules, and more.

For map, registration rules, and more, visit our 2013 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival page.

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