Hot Sauce Festival

The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

Sunday, August 26, 2018
11am-5pm at Fiesta Gardens
2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin TX 78702
Get ready to sample hundreds of hot sauces, dine on local foods, and enjoy live music! Admission is free with a $5 cash donation to the Central Texas Food Bank, or three non-perishable food items.


  • Is parking available on-site?
    Parking is limited near Fiesta Gardens. We recommend getting to the fest with bus route 17 from Capital Metro, running every 15 minutes and dropping off three blocks from 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?
    The event entry is free if you bring three nonperishable food items for the Central Texas Food Bank or you may bring a $5 cash donation to the Food Bank.
  • Can I bring water, snacks, and my cooler?
    You may bring an empty water bottle to fill up at the festival, and there is bottled water available for purchase. No coolers and no outside food or drinks are allowed.
  • Are dogs allowed?
    We love dogs! But unfortunately they’re not allowed on the festival grounds.
  • Are children allowed?
    Yes, this is a family-friendly event, but please note that it’s super hot out so plan accordingly.
  • Can I smoke at the festival?
  • What’s the bathroom situation?
    There are portable toilets available at the park.
  • Do you take credit cards?
    Some vendors will accept credit cards, but entry and the bars are cash only. There are two ATMs on-site for your convenience.
  • How do I enter my salsa?
    To enter your salsa in the 2018 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, print this entry form and mail it with a check or money order to Austin Chronicle Attn: Hot Sauce Festival, PO Box 4189, Austin, TX 78765 by Wednesday, August 22. You may also bring the form and your payment and register the morning of the event.
  • If I’m a commercial bottler, how do I participate in the festival?
    For more information about exhibiting product as a commercial hot sauce bottler please email
  • When will the winners be posted?
    Monday, Aug. 27, at Feel free to post about your win and use #HotSauceFest.
  • How do I volunteer at the festival?
    Sign up here or email us at