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Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, August 26, 2012

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Say so long to summer at an event that will bring tears to your eyes as much for its generous spirit as for its tongue-scorching samples.

Benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival– a favorite among more than 15,000 foodies– has spiced up August for Austinites since 1990. A donation of three healthy, nonperishable food items or a cash donation to the cause will help to equal the close to 19,000 lbs. of food and more than $17,000 raised at the fiery fete in 2011.

On the menu at the festival:

  • A heated competition in three categories: individuals with homemade hot sauce, restaurants and commercial bottlers.
  • A drawing for the Sizzling Summer Raffle prize packages, valued at more than $500 each.
  • A cooking demonstration by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts chefs of recipes peppered with green, red or specialty sauce.
  • Sample searing sauces or concoct a taste bud-blistering creation of your own at the giant tasting tent.
  • Buy Tabasco-motifed merchandise at vendor booths.
  • The music of Shinyribs, Mike & The Moonpies, Sauce Gonzalez & The Westside Horns, Crooks and Residual Kid will add flavor to the festivities.

When: August 26, 2012

Where: Fiesta Gardens at 2100 Jesse E. Segovia Street in Austin

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