Hot Sauce Festival

About the Hot Sauce Festival

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, sauces for sale, cookbooks, peppers and more, and of course live music! Past performers include Joe "King" Carrasco, A. Sinclair, Dale Watson, Money Chicha, Crooks, Shinyribs, Alesia Lani, Superfónicos, and more.
Serving as a major fundraiser for the Central Texas Food Bank, the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival raised over 56,000 meals in 2018 alone and has raised 875,700 meals in its 28 year history.

Commercial Bottlers

Anna's Addicting Salsa, Aztexan Pepper Company, Beba's Pfresh Salsa, Bernard's Gourmet Foods, Big Daddy's Hot Sauces, Blacklick Spice Company, Bravado Spice Company, Caribbean Treasure, Cascabel Salsa Gourmet, Chef Flaco's Salsa, Cin Chili & Company, Criswell Culinary, Das Güd Spice Company, Evil Cowboy, Ghost Scream Hot Sauce, Hill Country Hot Peppers, Hot Line Pepper Products, Kent's Sauce, Kester's Distribution, Klowns On Fire, Loco Avocado, Mashup Foods, Mikey V's Foods, Mom's Family Kitchen, Pain Train Salsa, Perry's Pepper Sauce, Rocky Top Sauces, Salsa Maya, Schlotzsky's, Shakey's Sweet Heat, Shonky Sauce Company, Sprouts Farmers Market, Stellar Gourmet, Swamp Dragon, Teardrop Pepper Company, Winston's Hot Sauce, Yellowbird Foods

Photo Galleries from past Hot Sauce Festivals

Hot Sauce Awards Archives