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My husband likes very hot food. I mean very hot. What is called spicy or hot in France is rarely what would be called mild here, because it is still not hot enough to deserve the mild label. Most of the time in France – at least it has been our experience, even in Indian restaurants – spicy means more the flavor than the heat that it can bring.

Of course here, in the U.S., there is no shortage of hot and really hot sauces to buy. And of course, when I found out there was a Hot Sauce Festival in Austin yesterday, we instantly decided to give it a try.

I have to say that like many events organized in the U.S. (as compared to my experience with events organized in France), it is very well-thought of and everything was done so that everyone could have a great experience. For example, a parking lot was used several blocks from the event so as not to clog the event area completely, and free shuttles were provided.

The entrance for visitors was free provided you brought 3 nonperishable food items or made a cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

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We tasted very good sauces: some mild, some quite hot and some very hot. I personally enjoyed looking at the names of some of the brands :-)

Books Cupcakes and Cats Chasing Chipmunks; Texas; Austin; Hot Sauce Festival;

Books Cupcakes and Cats Chasing Chipmunks; Texas; Austin; Hot Sauce Festival;

Books Cupcakes and Cats Chasing Chipmunks; Texas; Austin; Hot Sauce Festival;

Books Cupcakes and Cats Chasing Chipmunks; Texas; Austin; Hot Sauce Festival;

We bought hot sauces from the vendors on the last two pictures above. Can’t wait to use them!

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There was music and dancing…

Books Cupcakes and Cats Chasing Chipmunks; Texas; Austin; Hot Sauce Festival;

…we tried some Kiolbassa kielbasa

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… and I spotted a cool hat too!

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All in all, it was hot!

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We didn’t get the occasion to try each brand but it was fun and we will probably do it again next year!