The annual Hot Sauce Festival brings the real heat this summer. Hosted by The Austin Chronicle, the event features gallons upon gallons of red, green, brown and unimaginable combinations of chili spices that go beyond the typical Sriracha or Tapatio to make the hottest sauces and salsas.
The event began as a small hot sauce contest and has grown to one of the largest annual food events with more than 350 entries each year, all competing for bragging rights as the best and hottest sauce. In addition to featuring an array of sauces, attendees can get tastings from local restaurants, enjoy culinary demonstrations, shop for sauces, cookbooks, peppers and much more.
Food is only a part of the fun! Austin lives up to its name as the live music capital of the world, with bands performing live at the food festival. Past performers include Sour Bridges, Latasha Lee & the Blackties, Money Chicha, Dale Watson, Crooks, Shinyribs, and more.
Entry to the festival is a $5 donation to the Food Bank. Your $5 donation provides 20 meals for Central Texas families in need. Last year, the festival helped provide more than 56,000 meals to Central Texas families. Over the past 28 years, the event has raised 875,700 meals.
The festival will be held at Fiesta Gardens on August 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the festival's website for more information.