The Best Hot Sauce Festivals In America

Get your hot sauce on at these festivals around the US of A.

1. NYC Hot Sauce Expo // Brooklyn, NY

Home the of the Screaming Mi Mi Awards with categories like Caribbean Style, Fruit Based and XXX Hot Sauce the festival is a chilihead’s dream.

2. National Buffalo Wing Festival // Buffalo, NY

17 years strong this festival boasts a stadium full of Buffalo Wing loyalty (51,000 people last year). The attractions include live music, various sauce-offs and the crowning of Miss Buffalo Wing.

Photo: Brendan Bannon
Photo: Travel & Leisure

3. National Fiery Foods Show // Albuquerque, NM

New Mexico knows heat and chili fanatics gather to taste sauces, share recipes and win the coveted Scovie Awards.

4. ZestFest // Irving, TX

Atomic wings challenge anyone? “The ultimate party for bold and flavorful food enthusiasts” showcases aisles of fiery foods, cold beer, live music and a jalapeño eating contest.

5. Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival // Austin, TX

27 years strong, the contest awards winners for sauce categories like green, red and people’s choice. Spicy food, music and beer are easily found.

Photo: Austin Chronicle
Photo: Austin Chronicle

6. California Hot Sauce Expo // Anaheim, CA

Sunshine, hot sauce, “The Guinness Book of World Records Reaper Eating Contest” and of course, the Spicy Pizza Of Doom Challenge.

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