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Hot Sauce Fest

  • Ballard Commons 5701 22nd Avenue Northwest Seattle, WA, 98107 United States (map)

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Hot Sauce Fest is this summer's hottest festival in town! A combination of fun, food, and community, this free event features the best hot sauces, food trucks and entertainment.

Event Activities:

Kid's Activities + Root Beer Garden

Bring the whole family! We will have a variety of kids activities for the little ones to participate in from face painting, games, and more. Kids 21 and under can even enjoy an ice cold beverage in our Root Beer Garden (while supplies last) compliments of Windermere, The Root Beer Store, and Full Tilt Ice Cream.

Root Beer Garden compliments of Windermere, Diamond Knot Brewing, and Full Tilt Ice Cream

Games + Activities

Enjoy the day with a variety of lawn games and other activities. Can you think of a better way to spend your Saturday than eating good food, playing lawn games with your friends, listening to live music, and enjoying the park on a sunny summer Seattle day?

Beverage Garden

Wash down all of the delicious food with an ice cold craft beer from Diamond Knot Brewing or Heritage Distilling cocktail! Hot Sauce Fest is the perfect way to spend your Saturday. Our 21+ beverage garden will offer:

$6 Bloody Mary's*, Bull Shots*, and Ice Cold Beer starting at 11am

  • Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary
    Hickory Smoked Tomato Juice | Heritage Batch 12 Vodka | Salty Rim
  • Bull Shots
    Beef Bone Broth | Heritage Sweet Ghost Pepper Vodka | Worcestershire | Hot Sauce | Cayenne
  • Diamond Knot Beer
    • Diamond Knot Industrial IPA | Diamond Knot Blonde Ale
  • Hell Bent Chili Chill Pils

$7 Cocktails

  • Brown Sugar Bourbon Churro
    Heritage Brown Sugar Bourbon | Lime | Ginger Ale | Cinnamon Sugar Rim
  • Spicy Watermelon Cooler
    Evolution Fresh Watermelon Juice | Heritage Sweet Ghost Pepper Vodka | Evolution Fresh Limeade
  • Elk Rider Gin & Grapefruit
    Heritage Elk Rider Gin | Evolution Fresh Limeade | Evolution Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • Blood Orange Vodka Press
    Heritage Blood Orange Vodka | Lemon Lime Soda | Soda

* While supplies last

Food Trucks

We have a collection of the city's best food trucks serving up deliciousness and overall awesomeness.

Hot Sauces

Sample some of the best hot sauces of the Pacific Northwest!

Vendors & Sponsors

Don't miss our neighborhood friends that have booths at the event and our supporting sponsors.

Nonprofit Partners

Say hi to some of our nonprofit friends who will be there with info about their work, and some fun games!

Stage Schedule

12:00p.m. Cocktail Demo

1:00p.m. Monica Nevi Stand Up

2:00p.m. Hot Sauce Making Demo

2:45p.m. Jeff Greer Performs

4:00p.m. Game - Tongue Twisters

5:00p.m. Brett Hamil Stand Up

6:00p.m. Game - Eat & Read

6:45p.m. Jeff Greer Performs

8:00p.m. Emmet Montgomery Stand Up

8:15p.m. Movie Previews

8:30p.m. Movie Begins

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Become a TWIF Member

TWIF Members will gain access to a special VIP Area that has extra hot sauce tastings, additional seating and table service during the event. To gain access to these super special perks become a member here. Not only do TWIF Members get special perks at Hot Sauce Fest, they also get special perks year round!


There's a free movie after!

There will be a free showing of Nacho Libre in the park after the event so bring a blanket and plan to spend the day!


The Nonprofit Partner that this event supports: TWIF! (That's right, it's us.)

Why you are needed: This event will be one of our biggest community celebrations of the year!

Age Requirement: 21+

Volunteer Perk: In addition to getting an official event t-shirt, volunteers will have access to the Member/VIP area before and after their volunteer shifts and we will be hosting an after party for all volunteers on Thursday, August 30th at 6pm at Reuben's Brews.

Who can sign up for this event? Anyone is welcome to volunteer for our events. There’s no long-term commitment and you’re welcome to sign up for just one event, or multiple events that fit your style. Once signed up, you’ll be kept in the loop on all event details and what to expect via email and text communication from our team. 

Can I sign up my group? If you are interested in signing up 4 or more people for a volunteer event, we ask that you contact us instead of registering here.

What is the cancellation policy? Space for our events is limited and we often have a waiting list of people that would like to attend. Once you register for the event we will hold a space just for you so we ask that if, for any reason, you cannot attend your scheduled shift, please make sure to cancel your registration so someone else can take your spot! You can cancel online or by reaching out to our volunteer coordination team.

Do you offer documentation? Upon request, we will gladly supply you with documentation for your volunteer hours for work or school purposes. We do NOT, however, provide court documentation. We do not believe that volunteering is a punishment and under no circumstances will we provide documentation for court-ordered community service.

Earlier Event: August 17
Houckalocalypse Beer Launch
Later Event: August 18
Nacho Libre at Ballard Commons Park