2022 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival – Hot Sauce Festival FAQ: Everything you need to know to enter

how does the contest work?

At the heart of The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is the contest itself. The blind tasting competition for commercial bottlers, restaurants and individually submitted hot sauces is conducted by a panel of judges; learn more about them here.

The competition is separated into three classes of competition: commercial bottlers, restaurants and individuals. This gives us the opportunity to recognize salsas fresh daily from restaurants, those made for store shelves, and those made by independent sauce makers. Categories include red, green, specialty, and pepper sauces (the hottest category) and are designed to leave plenty of room for a wide variety of styles. In the past, sauces included fruit salsas,

pepper salsas, and even a violet sauce!

Restaurants and Individuals who competed in previous years were invited to return to a modified version of our hot sauce competition, with judging being done before the festival by the the Chronicle staff and a panel of judges chosen by our editor, Melanie Haupt. While we are unable to make these sauces available to the public at the festival, our mission to support the Central Texas Food Bank and local Texans in need remains our greatest goal and is central to our cause to host this event every year. . The winners will be announced during the festival.

Store-bought hot sauces are available to the public for tasting and voting in the “People’s Choice” on the day of the festival. Public vote will take place on tablets by The Austin Chronicle merch stand from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. One vote per person for each hot sauce bottler category (red, green, special variety and pepper).

Scenes from 2021 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival at Far Out Lounge (Photo by Jana Birchum)

When will the winners be announced?

Sunday September 11, around 8 p.m., at austinchronicle.com/hotsauce. Feel free to post your win and use the #HotSauceFest hashtag.

Is parking available on site?

Limited on-site parking will be available at the Far Out Lounge. If possible, please take public transport, carpool, park remotely, arrange a ride, use a carpool or ride a bike! Attendees are discouraged from parking in neighborhoods adjacent to the festival. Please obey all parking signs to avoid being towed.

We recommend traveling to the festival with Capital Metro’s 801 N.Lamar/S. Congress bus or ten S. First/Red River bus, running every 15 minutes and dropping off within walking distance of the festival.

How much is the entry ?

Advance tickets are $10; tickets at the door will cost $15 and $5 from each ticket will go to the Central Texas Food Bank.

Can I bring water, snacks and my cooler?

Bottled water will be available for purchase and self-service water jug ​​stations will be placed throughout the venue. No coolers and no outside food or drink is permitted.

Are dogs allowed?

We love dogs! But unfortunately the dogs are prohibited on the festival grounds.

Are children allowed?

Yesthis is a family event, but please note that it is very hot and plan accordingly.

What is the bathroom situation?

There is an ADA accessible bathroom inside and a portable toilet outside.

Do you take credit cards?

Some vendors accept credit cards, and we also accept credit cards at the door and at the sales booth.

Safety instructions for the hot sauce festival:

Hot Sauce Festival staff will follow COVID-19 safety precautions, such as frequent hand washing, social distancing when possible, and masking for those at high risk. Vendors will be encouraged to wear a mask. All sampling and live musical performances will take place outdoors. Hand sanitizer will be available at the event entrance and throughout the festival space. Soap and hot water will be available in bathrooms for frequent hand washing.

Wearing a mask is not mandatory for participants to enter the room. All guests will be expected to practice mutual respect and social distancing where possible. We kindly ask that if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and get tested, regardless of your vaccination status.

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