AUSTIN (KXAN) - Photographer Frank Martinez visited the annual Hot Sauce Festival at Fiesta Gardens on Sunday.
The festival, sponsored by the Austin Chronicle, showcases local restaurants and raises money for the Capital Area Food Bank.
More than a hundred gallons of salsa brought thousands of people together for the 22nd Annual Hot Sauce Festival. This Austin Chronicle sponsored event raises funds for the Capital Area Food Bank.
Joanna Linden, with Austin Area Food Bank, told KXAN that the organizers of the event, years ago, had the idea teaming up with a charity that involves food, "From the get go they had reached out to us and said, lets do something together. And it's grown over the years into what it is today."
Three cans of food or a donation to the food bank was a ticket to the festival. But once inside, it was all about feeding you. With rows of salsa samples and tents of local restaurants showcasing their food in every direction, no one left the festival hungry.
This year was the first time the festival was held at the Fiesta Gardens, and between the occasional breeze and large space, it was the perfect environment for people to gather for a great time and a good cause.
The 22nd Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festiva l winners:
1 st Place – Sazon
2 nd Place – Las Lomas
3 rd Place – El Nuevo Mexico
1 st Place – Torchy's Tacos
2 nd Place – Curra's Grill
3 rd Place – Chucho's Mexican Restaurant
1 st Place – Taco Deli
2 nd Place – Sazon
3 rd Place – Buenos Aires Cafe
1 st Place – Michael Valencia
2 nd Place – Scott Nettles
3 rd Place – Brian Alexander
1 st Place – Daniel Cook
2 nd Place – Evan LeRoy
3 rd Place – Marvin Perez
1 st Place - Vanessa Brightman
2 nd Place – Vanessa Brightman
3 rd Place – David Bernard
Commercial Bottler's Category – People's Choice Award
1 st Place – Don't Panic Hispanic Salsa
2 nd Place – Jaime's Foods Jaime's Spanish Village Salsa
3 rd Place – Kala's Kuisine Curry Chipotle
La Familia Salsa Co.
Austin's Slow Burn
Mom's Family Kitchen
1 st Place – Don't Panic Hispanic Greengo Salsa
2 nd Place – Jaime's Foods Jaime's Spanish Village Hot Green Salsa
3 rd Place – Austin's Slow Burn Salsa Verde
La Familia Salsa Co.
1 st Place – Austin Slow Burn Creamy Jalapeño
2 nd Place – Thai Gourmet Thai Salsa
3 rd Place – Kala's Kuisine Mango Chutney
Big Daddy's Hot Sauces Glaming Lips Three Drops of Death
Granddaddy's Sweet Southern Heat
Jaime's Spanish Village Chili Con Queso
My Chihuahua Bites Blanco Party Dip
1 st Place – Aztexan Pepper Co. Habanero Supreme
2 nd Place – Kala's Kuisine Gingery Habanero
3 rd Place – Austin's Slow Burn Jerk Marinade
Big Daddy's Hot Sauces Big Daddy's Ass Burn Hot Sauce
Sgt. Pepper's Hot Sauce Tropical Tears Mango Ginger Salsa
Commercial Bottler's Category
1 st Place – Texan Brew Products
2 nd Place – My Chihuahua Bites Salsa
3 rd Place – Becerras Mild
1 st Place – Jaime's Foods
2 nd Place – Hot Line Pepper Products
3 rd Place – Kala's Kuisine
1 st Place – Kala's Kuisine
2 nd Place – Kala's Kuisine
3 rd Place – My Chihuahua Bites Salsa
1 st Place – Sgt Pepper's Hot Sauce
2 nd Place – Sgt Pepper's Hot Sauce
3 rd Place – Sgt Pepper's Hot Sauce
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