August 20, 2017

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.

Hundreds of gallons of hot sauce are consumed and beverages are on hand to cool off the overheated. In addition to the hot sauce competition, this truly Austin food event features tastings from local restaurants, culinary demonstrations, sauces for sale, cookbooks, peppers and more, and of course live music. Past performers include Sour Bridges, Joe King Carrasco, A. Sinclair, Dale Watson, Latasha Lee & the Blackties, Money Chicha, Crooks, Shinyribs, and more.

Serving as a major fundraiser for the Central Texas Food Bank, the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival raised over 758,000 meals in its 25 year history.

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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.

To participate in the 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 49066, Austin, TX 78765 by Wednesday, August 17. You may also bring the form and your payment and register the morning of the event.

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