Hot Sauce Festival brings the heat to East Austin

People taste hundreds of hot sauces at the annual Hot Sauce Festival, 2014. Frank Martinez (KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Sunday was a scorcher in Central Texas, but not hot enough for some. The Austin Chronicle hosted the 24th annual Hot Sauce Festival at Fiesta Gardens.

Attendees could sample hundreds of sauces and listen to live music. Admission only cost $5 or attendees could donate four non-perishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank.

“This time of the year, you just start craving hot stuff,” Founder and Head Judge Rob Walsh said. “It’s hot outside and you just gotta eat the heat.”

Organizers say about 15,000 people attended the Hot Sauce Festival in 2013, raising money and food for more than 45,000 meals to be donated.

The hot sauce contest had three levels of competition: individuals (homemade), restaurants, and commercial bottlers. Chips were provided to attendees. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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