2014 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce FestivalPosted: January 8, 2015
As I previously mentioned, one of the reasons we traveled to Houston and Austin last August was to attend the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival. It took place at Fiesta Gardens, about 10 minutes from downtown.
Let’s all gather in 90-100 degree, sunshiny Texas heat and eat some SPICY FOOD? Okay!
This show started in 1990 and has become one of the most popular in the hot sauce/salsa biz. About 15,000 people attended in 2013. Admission was $5 or free with a donation of three non-perishable food items, going to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.
Fiesta Gardens was hoppin’, that’s for sure.
RO-HO’s Creamy Chipotle Sauce was so, so GOOD. I went back for a second sample.
Bravado Spice Co.’s sauces – our Hellraising Hot Sauce’s Sweet Suffering is also a pineapple and habanero blend – it was fun to compare recipes and flavor. They may have the same/similar ingredients, but they taste totally different.
Sanderson Specialty Foods was giving away a free jar of their Texas-Texas salsa if you liked them on Facebook. Of course we liked them! Their salsa is really deelish.
The pavilion held a sauce competition, divided into two categories. The line to walk through, sample, and vote was extra long, so we scoped out what we could from the outside.
After a couple of hours meandering and tasting spicy sauces under the beating sun, we were ready to seek shady coolness.
It was a great festival, I’m so happy we had the opportunity to go. Based on sheer crowd size alone, this has become an annual event that folks flock to attend, never mind that Texas heat!
True dedication to spicy food. DT and I LOVE that!