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Sauce Contestant Entry Form

Deadline: Aug 01, 2023 11:59 pm (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Date: Sep 09, 2023 11:00 am - Sep 09, 2023 5:00 pm (EST)
Oxford, North Carolina

About the event

The NC Hot Sauce Contest and festival brings thousands of people to downtown Oxford interacting with friends, merchants, fans, artisans, and vendors with visitors topping 20,000 and 41% being first-time NC Hot Sauce attendees. North Carolina’s finest hot sauces and barbecue sauces, along with breweries and wineries spice up the blends and texture of downtown Oxford's historical streets. ​
City of Oxford
City of Oxford
City of Oxford
City of Oxford

About the application

This application is for those entering their sauces into the hot sauce & bbq sauce contest! 
NEWS: For 2023 you can now enter hot/bbq rubs! 

Terms & Conditions

  • All entries MUST be produced in North Carolina. 
  • All entries MUST have a professionally labeled bottle (ready for retail). 
  • Each entry MUST fill must mail in and submit their sauces, including the category sheet BEFORE August 1, 2023. 
  • No entry will be accepted if "pepper extracts" are used in the ingredients. 
*All sauce samplings will be conducted under the strictest of standards using fair, impartial, and blind judging. All judging is done by the Vance-Granville Culinary Team. 
  • Print & fill out the entry form (attached) for EACH bottled sauce, listing the category that sauce is to be judged. 
  • Mail one (1) bottle of each sauce to be judged to the NC Hot Sauce Office, 300 Williamsboro St., Oxford, NC 27565 by AUGUST 1, 2023. 
  • A cash prize of $500 will be given to each category Champion and medals will be awarded to the runner ups in each category. 
  • Champions will receive a jpg "winner" seal in recognition of the sauce as a 2023 NC Sauce Contest Winner.
                                 Winners will be announced at the Julia Overton Main Stage at 2:30 PM  
In partnership with the Vance-Granville Community College Culinary Department - Sauces will be judged on the following:
  • Heat Level
  • Aroma
  • Appearance
  • Texture
  • Taste
  • Overall Impression 

Questions on the application

Business information

  • Business name
  • Legal business name
  • Contact name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website (Optional)
  • Logo (Optional)

Additional information

  • Contact Number For Day of the Event
Sauce Contestant Entry Form
Sauce Contestant Entry Form
17th Annual NC Hot Sauce Festival & Contest
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