The Sriracha Festival had many clamoring for the best dishes the condiment could offer. With wide offerings and enticing new recipes, people from all over the country usually attend this festival and leave satisfied. However, many say the last event was a disappointment. The Phoenix New Times has the latest scoop on the recent Sriracha Festival 2017.
The Sriracha Festival Could’ve Had More Heat
Sriracha enthusiasts were a little underwhelmed on Saturday as they entered the spicy festival at Heritage Square. There were more non-food related activities for attendees than most had expected. Sure, there were some food trucks, tasty vendors serving anything that seemed like it would pair well with many different types of Sriracha, but even more eye-opening was the small turnout. Vendors are nothing new at Valley festivals, but it seemed like there were more businesses grabbing people’s attention for anything but the spicy sauce they craved.
Oddly enough, Sriracha didn’t seem to be the main focus at the recent Sriracha Festival. What was once a beloved festival, known for showcasing innovative Sriracha pairings, has now become something more commercial. Sadly, it seems to have lost its core — the Sriracha condiment itself.
Getting to Know Sriracha
The Sriracha Festival is an obvious draw for those who love the spicy condiment. More and more, Sriracha is becoming a mainstay in most American homes. After all, it’s the perfect accompaniment to countless dishes. Both salad and sandwiches are great with a touch of Sriracha. Vietnamese restaurants specializing in phos usually have tons of Sriracha bottles on their tables. The truth is, the condiment is versatile enough for many dishes.
While now common across America, this iconic hot sauce originates from Thailand. Many say the American version of Sriracha has a spicier taste than the original Thai version. However, in actuality, each Sriracha sauce will be a little different, as each brand uses its own blend and ratio of spices.
Sriracha Festival Basics
In the past, the annual Sriracha Festival featured both dishes and drinks with the popular condiment. It boasted tons of booths displaying Sriracha-featured dishes, as well as specialty signature cocktails. The entire festival was a feast for those who love a kick of spice. Guests relished in the fact that the offerings could get sweat glands and sinuses activated.
However, things changed at the latest Sriracha Festival. The Sriracha offerings seem to have been reduced in number as well as variety. Only time can tell if this was a one-time fluke and festival organizers will increase options again in the future. Sriracha lovers hope so. After all, what’s a Sriracha festival without a truckload of Sriracha?
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