Everything is Bigger in Texas, Especially Hot Sauce Celebrations

The world’s largest hot sauce festival is right around the corner bringing the best salsas and sauces right here in Austin. You can expect more than 350 salsas at every Scoville rating to compete for the ultimate bragging rights of the hot sauce world.

Always the last Sunday in August and now in its 24th year, the festival returns to Fiesta Gardens where you can sample all the hot sauce you can handle. This free festival is a great way to enjoy great local bands, shop and get to know the foodies in your community.

Suggested entry to the festival is three healthy non-perishable food items or a $5 donation to the Capital Are Food Bank. Look for our booth at the festival where you can purchase tickets to the Sizzling Summer Raffle and have a chance to win one of three fabulous prize packages. This year’s generous donors have provided everything from Fun Fun Fun Fest Tickets to jewelry by Kendra Scott to a signed football by University of Texas Coach Charlie Strong. You can see the full list of prize packages here as well as purchase your tickets online. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and 100 percent of the proceeds benefits the Food Bank. There is no limit on how many tickets you can purchase.

If you’re ready to go beyond the Sriracha and help us provide good nutrition to Central Texans on a limited budget, the Austin Chronicle and your food bank are happy to lend a hand and a chip or two.

24th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Noon – 5:00 P.M.

Festival details: http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Market/HotSauce

Free parking at Saltillo Plaza, and free shuttle busses are available.

Live music performances by Rosie & The Ramblers, Gumbo Ce Soir, El Tule, and LaTasha Lee & The BlackTies.

No dogs please.

Sponsors of the 24th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival include Capital Metro, Planet K, 93.3 KGSR, Latino 102.7, Univision, Whole Foods Market, Bud Light, and Texas Music Water. Special thanks to event partners Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and Just Add Chef.


Hot Facts:

More than 45,000 meals in food and monetary donations have been collected at the festival for the Food Bank at last year’s festival.

In 2011 the festival brought out more than 15,000 in spite of 112 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures.

Every $5 raffle ticket purchased allows the Food Bank to provide $25 worth of food.

Our most requested items include: canned meats like tuna, stew and chili (pop-tops preferred), canned vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, beans, healthy cereals and peanut butter

The Capital Area Food Bank serves 48,000 Central Texans each week, 20,000 of whom are children.