the Pepper Festival and Hot Sauce Expo

It’s getting hot in here! Auburn’s first-ever Pepper Festival and Hot Sauce Expo is bringing some heat to Gold Country Fairgrounds (1273 High St., Auburn) on Saturday, June 23. This family friendly and all-ages event features a decade-driven hot car show, food and drink vendors whipping up different pepper variations and live music performances from multiple artists, including Nashville native Antsy Mcclain. To see the full music lineup for the day, visit Proceeds from the Pepper Festival and Hot Sauce Expo will be split evenly across three different children’s charities, including the Markie Foundation, the Child Advocates of Placer County and Sierra Promise. To read more about each foundation, visit Pre-sale tickets for the event are $15 (40 percent off) until June 23 for ages 13 and up. Children under 12 are free. The expo runs from noon – 10 p.m. For further information, call (888) 598-1159 or email

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 6 of issue #268 (June 18 – July 2, 2018)**