Massachusetts’ Biggest Hot Sauce Fest is This Weekend
Things are heating up in Boston. Bruins and Celtics playoff games are happening in the city, and baseball is in full swing, And the Speedway in Brighton will be Boston’s hottest spot starting Saturday. This weekend, they’re hosting Massachusetts’ biggest hot sauce fest. The second annual Boston Hot Sauce Festival includes 24 vendors, four live sessions, a cash bar, contests, and food.
This day-two event will be held at Garage B at The Speedway (525 Western Ave in Brighton). It will take place on Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30.
Spicing Things Up
What’s new this year? Boston.com reports there will be awards given out as part of the event. “The “Green Monster Award” will go to the best verde sauce; the “Fenway Fire Award” will go to the best sauce on a hot dog; and the grand prize — ‘The Wicked Pissah’ — will go to the overall best sauce of the festival,” they state.
The guest judges appearing are “Cast Iron” Kyle Seip and Anthony “Hot Sauce King” Merenda.
Seip is a chef specializing in cast iron cooking. In addition, he hosts a podcast and restores cast iron pans. “I’m putting my capsaicin palette to the ultimate test April 29th & 30th! There will be plenty of awards in various categories and I’ll be personally awarding the ‘sizzling skillet’ award for the best hot sauce I would pair with a cast iron meal! I’ll also be set up selling skillets, Japanese knives and vintage glassware,” Seip said in an Instagram post announcing his appearance.
Merenda will be judging all the hot sauces as he has been known for his tolerance for the spice. Merenda will also be involved in providing feedback on the tastes in addition to participating in the challenges.
Hot Sauce From All Across
Fiery flavors from New Jersey, Maine, Vermont, and New York will be on hand. In addition, numerous well-established Massachusetts vendors will be dishing out their specialties. This includes Burke’s Hot Sauce out of Norwell. This is a husband and wife team who grow their own hot peppers. Their sauces are hand-crafted and come in seven different flavors.
What else? Well, there will be live music, relative foods and beverages available to make this year’s event hotter than ever.
If you are interested in attending the Massachusetts’ biggest hot sauce fest, tickets are $10 and can be purchased here or at the door.