Posted July 27, 2005 by Nick Lindauer in Hot Events

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

Austin Hot Sauce FestivalMark your calendars for the 15th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival!
Sunday, August 28, 2005

Come on out to Waterloo Park and enjoy this year’s outstanding musical performances from a local youth band, Loose Cannons, and local favorites South Austin Jug Band, Los Jazz Vatos and The Gourds. Curra’s, Dona Emilia’s, Matt’s El Rancho, Ruby’s BBQ, Santa Rita and Suun Garden Shaved Ice and will be on-hand serving up their specialty dishes!

In the fifteen years since its inception, what started out as a small contest with a few spectators has turned into one of Austin’s biggest and best-known annual parties. The event is a favorite among hot and spicy food lovers from all over the country. The Hot Sauce Festival serves as a major fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Last year’s festival raised approximately $4,500 and over 19,000 lbs. of food in a six hour period.

The outstanding musical performances and culinary exhibitions are notable attractions, but the biggest draws are the salsas. More than 100 gallons of hot sauce are consumed at the event every year. Area restaurants show off their hot and spicy foods at booths, and vendors from across the Southwest set up shop to sell hot and spicy cookbooks, fresh peppers, and chili pepper memoribilia.

To participate in the contest, download the entry form, fill it out, and check in at Waterloo Park by 11:30am on Sunday, Aug. 28, with a quart of your best sauce. We’ll take it from there. Then join the rest of the crowd for plenty of salsa, great food, music, and the results.

Send entry form & check or money order payable to The Austin Chronicle to: Hot Sauce Contest, Austin Chronicle, P.O. Box 49066, Austin, TX, 78765. Entry into contest entitles entrant to one T-shirt regardless of number of salsas entered. For more information or information regarding booth spaces, call Elizabeth at 454-5766 x210. Deadline for mail-in entry is Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005.

If you would like more information about the Hot Sauce Festival or how to participate, please contact Elizabeth Derczo:

Have any of the readers out there ever attended this festival? Your thoughts?

Nick Lindauer

The Original Hot Sauce Blog