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Berlin’s best Homemade Hot Sauce Competition @ Berlin Chili Fest

September 26, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Berlin Best Homemade Hot Sauce Competition
Sunday 26th September 2021

Proudly sponsored by CANNA :

Berlin Chili Fest:

Enter your own homemade hot sauce in our second annual “Berlin’s best Homemade Hot Sauce Competition” at the Berlin Chili Festival, judged by our own panel of expert Hot sauce makers & chefs with an audience vote on the festival day.

One entry per person, please!

Kookaburra Comedy Club
Schönhauser Allee 184, 10119 Berlin

How to enter:

We are accepting hot sauce entries in the days before the main event, you can drop off your entry at Kookaburra Comedy Club at the following times :

Wed 22nd September 2021
Thurs 23rd September 2021
Fri 24th September 2021

Between 5pm – 9pm

(if you can’t make those times, please let me know and we will work something out, you are welcome to have somebody else drop your entry off)

Just bring your hot sauce in some sort of clean container, please clearly mark the container with your name and phone number (please read the rules below about clean containers).

On a separate paper with your name and phone number clearly marked at the top, please submit a weighted ingredient list for the sauce. The ingredient with the highest percentage by weight should appear first, the ingredient with the lowest percentage should appear last. If possible please list the type of chili used and what percentage is used.

The first round of Judging by our experts will take place on Saturday 25th September in private, where our judges will narrow it down to the top 10 best sauces.

The final competition will be by audience vote on the day of the festival, all sauces will be tasted blind, and everyone attending the festival will be asked to pick their top 3 sauces on a voting form, the sauce with the highest vote wins.

How it is judged :

Our experts will be marking the sauce out of 10 in five categories:

– Aroma / nose
– Use of chilis/heat profile*
– Flavour / palate
– Creativity / individuality / memorability
– Finish / aftertaste / afterburn

*hotter does not mean a higher score, we are looking for a well-balanced hot sauce.

the sauces will be tasted blind at first, and then the judges will get a chance to see the list of ingredients before their final decisions, Judges will not know the name of the maker of each sauce.

The audience vote on the day will be in a blind taste test in numbered uniform containers, so nobody knows who sauce is whos.

The winners will be announced at the end of the Berlin Chili Festival on Sunday 26th September at 9pm.


1. you must have made the hot sauce yourself! Family recipes etc. are allowed.
2. Non-commercial sauces only.
3. Sauces should be prepared hygienically. Please research hot filling/canning processes before preparation. If it is a fermented sauce please indicate this on the ingredient list. Sauces that look or smell unsafe to eat will not be judged.

4. One entry per person, please!
5. our decisions are final
6. we may tweak the rules as we see fit, to keep everything fair


Win a certificate signed by the judges, Trophy & ultimate glory, your chance to defend your title next year, plus a chili festival hamper containing a heap of goodies from the festival. (to be honest, I’m still thinking about this bit)

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September 26, 2021
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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kookaburra comedy club
Schönhauser Allee 184,
Berlin, 10119 Germany
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