Posted June 13, 2007 by Nick Lindauer in Hot Events

Open Fields Hot Sauce Contest: Now Open To Commercial Makers!

Open Fields Hot Sauce Contest

In conjunction with the annual “Woodstock for Chileheads”, a hot sauce contest is being added to the events planned for Open Fields. The cost is only $10 per person and that one fee allows you to enter as many sauces as you’d like (within reason, please).

Listed categories are:
– Best ‘Hot’ Sauce
– Best ‘Sweet Hot’
– Best ‘Mild’ Sauce
– Best ‘Fresh from the Field’
– Open Category (anything goes, any heat level)
– and Best Salsa

Prizes are yet to be determined but trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd in each category. Judging will be done on site & winners announced that evening (September 29th).

The Best Fresh from the Field category is unique among any other hot sauce contest as these will be sauces that are made and prepared on site with chiles picked fresh from the ones available on site. You are allowed to bring your own extra ingredients (onions, garlic, etc) to the contest, but the sauce must be based on the chiles you find in the fields. Think “Iron Chef” minus the high tech kitchen and utensils and adding a rustic setting, weather, lots of fellow chileheads, and a good cause.

The contest is the brainchild of “Scotch Bonnet Steve” from the MSN Rogues group. If you plan on entering, please send him a note (sfoster4 at so that he can add your name to the poster. He is one of the most knowledgeable growers in the country and is taking part in some real cutting edge research involving chile peppers. The contest is no longer limited to amateur hot sauce makers! Let the games begin!

Contest entries should be mailed to Jim Campbell, 81 Martin Pl, Franklin IN 46131. The check for the entry fee needs be made out to: The Stair Climb Fund.

All proceeds go to charity!

Nick Lindauer

The Original Hot Sauce Blog