The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

is back for its 27th year on Sunday, August 20, 2017
11AM - 5PM at Fiesta Gardens
2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin, TX 78702

Free admission with a donation of three non-perishable food items or a $5 cash donation to the Central Texas Food Bank.

Sample hundreds of hot sauces, dine on local foods, and enjoy live music. Get ready to eat the heat!

To enter your salsa in the 2017 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, print this form and mail it in with a check or money order to Austin Chronicle Attn: Hot Sauce Festival, PO Box 4189, Austin, TX 78765 by Wednesday, August 17. You may also bring the form and your payment and register the morning of the event.

~ Enjoy Live Music By ~

Mike and the Moonpies

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Mike and the Moonpies, Mockingbird, 2015
The Real Country, Miles and Miles with Mike & the Moonpies, 2013
Mike and the Moonpies, The Hard Way, 2012

Carson McHone

Alesia Lani


Tiarra Girls

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Margaret Moser Tribute: Tiarra Girls (Tiffany, Tori & Sofia Baltierra) by Doug Freeman
¡Pachanga! Picks: Pachanga Fest preview by Austin Chronicle Staff, 2015

What began as a small hot sauce contest in 1990 has grown into the largest competition of its kind and one of Austin’s largest and best-known annual food events, drawing as many as 10,000 spectators and over 350 entries each year. Sample hundreds of salsa from all over Central Texas!

~ Food by ~

Amy's Ice Creams, Sun Garden Shaved Ice, Austin Taco Project, Torchy's Tacos, The Mighty Cone, East Side King, Buenos Aires Café, Chi'lantro BBQ, and Garbo's Lobster Truck

Photos from 2016

Photos from 2015

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Interested in volunteering? Early shifts fill up fast, so sign up now! Volunteer, earn perks, and help the Central Texas Food Bank.

Interested in supporting the cause and promoting your brand at the fest? For sponsorship or media inquiries please contact Sarah Wolf.

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