Hot Sauce Expo

1945 Southeast Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214 1945 Southeast Water Avenue, Portland Directions
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Report | 6 months ago
No place to get out of the blazing hot sun. Hot dusty parking lot. Only stayed 30 minutes.
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Report | 6 months ago
The sauces were great but I didn't like that it was outside in the hot sun.
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Report | 7 months ago
All of the vendors and the products were awesome. Location wasn't great. Hot, dry, gravel/dirt parking lot. At least parking was close. Beer tent was pretty good. I'd like to take friends and go back next year.
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Report | 7 months ago
Enjoyed the show and all the vendors, had a great experience. Wish they had nore shade and offered
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Report | 7 months ago
I didn't like the location- a gravel pit. Too hot, no shade besides the one tent, dusty, gravely-hard to wear sandals. I went last year, hoping they would change venues, but no same spot. I don't think I will go next year unless they change locations.
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Report | 7 months ago
Super fun! Lots of friendly vendors. Canceled the wresteling which was disappointing.
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Report | 7 months ago
Had a lot of fun, but the venue wasn't ideal. Wish it was held in a location with shade, or they set up water misters. I was literally soaking in sweat and overheated all day. It was in a rocky parking lot with no shade. The prices were VERY affordable FOR sauces and alcohol, but it would be nice if there was more water, especially for free LOL!
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Report | 7 months ago
Great sauces. It was unusually hot but I can't blame the event organizer for the weather. Bring a hat and your own shade if you can!
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Report | 7 months ago
Everything about this expo was great except I didn't really care for the music. If there's a milk stand next year they'll be rich.
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Report | 7 months ago
It was a lot smaller this year than last. Also, wrestling was a big feature last year and I didn't see it Saturday. More vendors needed because this event has a lot of potential. How about adding some misters or other water stations to cool the crowd?
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Normally, a cool craft beer is refreshing—but it can be downright lifesaving after your tongue is burning from eating spicy food. The First Annual Portland Hot Sauce Expo celebrates both of these satisfying sensations, trotting out the dual arts of craft beer and artisan hot sauce during a full weekend of samples and competitive-eating events. Read on to see if you can take the heat:

  • Guinness Book of World Records Reaper Pepper Eating Challenge: Contestants have 60 seconds to eat the most reaper peppers, which hit 2.2 million SHU on the Scoville scale, making them the hottest peppers in the world. The current record holder is Wayne Algenio, who housed 22 reaper peppers in an event earlier this year, and lives to tell the tale.
  • The PDX Bloody Mary Mix-Down: Whoever can make the best bloody mary—based on factors such as taste and presentation—from scratch within 90 seconds earns a trip to New York City to compete for the national title.
  • Free hot sauce tastings from companies from throughout the Pacific Northwest and throughout the world, including PuckerButt, Endorphin Farms, and High River Sauces.

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