The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

Presented by Capital Metro with Special Thanks to Big Swig & Hard Swig
Sunday, September 12, 2021, 3-9pm
The Far Out Lounge & Stage
8504 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745

Hot Sauce Festival Safety Guidelines:

It is very important to The Austin Chronicle that the 31st Hot Sauce Festival take the proper precautions to keep everyone in attendance safe. We will be limiting the number in attendance to reduce crowding. All tastings, vendors, and live music performances will be outdoors. All guests will be required to practice social distancing and respect other guests. All guests will be required to wear a mask when not eating, drinking, or social distancing outdoors. All attendees will be asked to answer a health questionnaire (inquiring about symptoms and previous contact with infected persons).

All vendors, Chronicle staff, and bar staff will be wearing masks and practicing social distancing when possible as well.

Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance to and throughout the festival space. Soap & hot water available in the bathrooms for frequent hand washing. Masks/face shields will be worn by all staff. Staff will also regularly wash hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and warm water.

  • • Capacity will be limited to reduce crowding.
  • • All tastings, vendors, and live music performances will be outdoors.
  • • All guests will be required to practice social distancing and respect other guests.
  • • All guests will be required to wear a mask when not eating, drinking, or social distancing outdoors.
  • • All guests are required to follow Stage 5 Guidelines:
  • • Fully vaccinated individuals should:
  • • Consider avoiding large gatherings if you are high-risk with underlying conditions.
  • • Encourage unvaccinated friends and family to get vaccinated.
  • • Partially or unvaccinated individuals should:
  • • Get fully vaccinated.
  • • Stay home and avoid gatherings.
  • Your health and safety are our top priority, and we are doing everything we can to keep you safe during your visit. By attending this event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

    Not attending but still want to help end hunger in Central Texas? Please consider making a direct donation to the Central Texas Food Bank.

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    • Is parking available on-site?
      On-site parking, 150 spots, will be available at the Far Out Lounge, located at 8504 S Congress Avenue. If possible please take public transportation, car pool, park remotely, arrange a ride, rideshare, or ride your bike! You can consult the city's trail directory here.

      We recommend getting to the fest with the 801 bus or 10 bus provided by Capital Metro, running every 15 minutes and dropping off close to the fest. If you do choose to park in the neighborhoods adjacent to the festival, please respect residents' driveways and parking signs.
    • How much does it cost to get in?
      Prior to the event the cost is $10, with $5 of each ticket going to the Central Texas Food Bank. Online ticket sales are closed. Tickets at the door will be $15.
    • Can I bring water, snacks, and my cooler?
      Bottled water available for purchase. No coolers and no outside food or drinks are allowed.
    • Are dogs allowed?
      We love dogs! But unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the festival grounds.
    • Are children allowed?
      Yes, this is a family-friendly event, but please note that it is super hot out so plan accordingly, and we recommend that unvaccinated children stay home.
    • What’s the bathroom situation?
      ADA accessible bathroom available indoors and portable toilets available outside.
    • Do you take credit cards?
      Some vendors will accept credit cards, and we accept credit cards at the door and the merch booth as well.
    • When will the winners be posted?
      September 12, around 8pm, at austinchronicle.com/hotsauce. Feel free to post about your win and use #HotSauceFest.
    • How does the contest work?
      At the heart of The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is the contest itself. The blind-tasting competition for restaurants and commercial bottlers is conducted by top chefs, food writers, and notable personalities. They take hot sauce seriously, and so do most of the people who enter.

      The contest has two classes of competition: restaurant and commercial bottler. This gives us a good chance to recognize salsas made fresh daily in restaurants, those made for grocery store shelves, and independent bottlers. The categories in each class are red, green, pepper, and special variety, and are designed to leave enough room for a wide variety of styles. In the past, sauces have included fruit salsas, dried-pepper salsas, and even a purple sauce.

      Commercial hot sauces are available to the public for tasting and for voting the “People’s Choice” on the grounds at the Far Out Lounge. Voting will take place on tablets by the merch booth. 1 vote per person for each Hot Sauce bottler category (red, green, special variety, & pepper).