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, 3:30pm

More on Mike and the Moonpies...
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

Alesia Lani, 2:30pm

Superfónicos, 1:30pm

Tiarra Girls, 12:30pm

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

Carson McHone, 11:30am

Contest winners will be announced at 4:45pm.

Transportation & Park Map

Hop onto Capital Metro’s Bus Route 17 and get dropped off three blocks from Fiesta Gardens. Running every 15 minutes!

Use the code HOTSAUCE on Sunday when using RideAustin to get to Fiesta Gardens and receive a $5 discount on your ride while supplies last.

Parking is available on the streets surrounding Fiesta Gardens, but we especially encourage you to try and park west of the venue to avoid clogging neighborhood streets. Please be respectful of the surrounding neighborhood. Pay attention to city signage and do not block driveways.

~ 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

Follow us on social media for more updates and announcements: @austinchronicle and @chronevents.


Do you take credit cards?
Some vendors will accept credit cards, but entry and the bars take cash only. There are 2 ATMs onsite for your convenience.

Can I bring my kids?
Yes, this is a family friendly event, but please note that it's extremely hot outside and plan accordingly.

Where is contest check in?
Check in is located at the east end of Fiesta Gardens, past the service entrance on Jesse E. Segovia Street. Check out our festival map.

When will the winners be posted?
On Monday, August 21st, free feel to post about your win and use #HotSauceFest

Can I bring water, snacks, and my cooler to the festival?
No outside food or drinks are allowed. And NO DOGS, NO COOLERS, AND NO SMOKING.

Is there parking available onsite?
Check out our transportation and parking information.

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