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Tour The Sriracha Factory During The Kick-Off Of Pepper-Grinding Season

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Watch those red chili peppers get crushed into a delicious hot sauce at the Sriracha factory tour (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Now that the fiery battle between Sriracha and the City of Irwindale (over whether the hot-sauce maker should keep its factory in the area) is over, we can all breathe a sigh of relief—and tour the complex!

Huy Fong Foods, the folks behind the popular rooster sauce, has been offering factory tours since February, but come August, the tours will be a lot more exciting because it's the start of pepper grinding season. (You know you want to watch the epic crushing of the red chili peppers.) They'll be having a special open house on August 22 and 23, where fans can check out the whole Sriracha-making process from start to finish, and even get to grub on a Sriracha-themed appetizer sampling. The first 200 guests each day will also receive some free schwag.

In addition, Huy Fong Foods just added two new shiny buses (well, golf carts that hold 14 seats each) to the tour, and The Rooster Room which will sell cock sauce-related merchandise, according to the Pasadena Star-News.

And just some extra little nuggets of info for you: the pepper grinding season lasts 16 weeks, and the peppers are grown from by Underwood Ranches in Kern and Ventura counties.

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You can RSVP for the August 22 and 23 tours here. Also, you can call 626-286-8328 to schedule a tour.