What is Hop Sauce?
Hop Sauce Festival is a gathering of craft beer and spice enthusiasts. As Jetty's largest event, always on the Saturday after Memorial Day, the focus on brew and hot sauce is also paired with local fare, original music, and cultural vendors. A portion of the proceeds are always earmarked for Jetty's nonprofit arm, the Jetty Rock Foundation, which uses funds for youth initiatives, for those in need, and to enhance the community. This growing shoulder season event also aims to improve business and tourism during the traditionally slow period after the holiday weekend.
Good Vibes at the Center of it All...
Somewhere in the mix of all the great charity work, good brew and spicy grub (courtesy of our amazing hot sauce vendors), we have to lay down a soundtrack to capture the emotion and spirit of the day. That's where music comes into the fold. We aim to deliver a killer lineup you likely will never see again on Long Beach Island -- comprised of new, notable and original music artists who draw their own lines and impact music fans on national and even international levels. That's why each year we also find a standout local artist to showcase on our Main Stage. As we grow, we hope our artistic community grows with it.
Shore Point Distributing Co., Inc. is the third title sponsor of Hop Sauce Festival, and we're thankful for that, because they provide a majority of the craft beer! As a partner from day one, Shore Point offers a large variety of brews and also has the ability to change the menu each year. We add in some smaller, Indy Craft Beers who get a chance to offer their creations under their own tent. Much like the range of hot sauce flavors, we offer well over 20 different craft brews ranging from summer ales and ciders to stouts and porters.
Let's give credit where credit is due! Spice It Up opened its doors in 2013, met with a new vendor, and Ed Buckholtz (Owner; Born to Hula) gazed out into a vast field suggesting that it was the perfect place for a hot sauce festival. Hours later Spice It Up tapped Jetty for their thoughts and Hop Sauce Festival was born! Vetting hot sauce companies throughout the year, we came to invite those who shared our merit in community. We level the playing field by offering sauces (and other spicy snacks) of varying, unique flavors and heat levels for mild palates to daring ones.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tickets are available exclusively through HopSauceFest.com or at the gate the day of the event.
Where do I get tickets?
Absolutely, HSF is a community-oriented event. Children 12 & Under are FREE. Thundering Surf (Mini golf & Water slides) is just across the street.
Can I bring my kids?
General Admission allows you to enter the festival, listen to the music, and enjoy the atmosphere. Craft Beer adds a 5oz mini-pilsner and allows you to taste 2oz samples of our brews.
What does my ticket price include?
Don't cheat charity! If you truly lost it, then there isa $20 replacement fee at the front gate.
What if I lose my mini-mug beer glass?
Yes! Although some vendors accept credit cards, there are some who do not. Food, Hot Sauce, & Culture vendors offer all sorts of cool stuff to buy. There are also ATM's at the event.
Should I bring cash?
Yes! We rely on helping hands to run HSF! Please email us for volunteer opportunities (Beer pouring, setup/breakdown, security, etc.).
Do you need volunteers?
HSF follows the rules set by the State of New Jersey, please do not try to cheat us or them!
Why won't they fill my entire glass with beer?
The Long Beach Island Region offers a ton of lodging options. Check out our partners under the Info header.
Where can I stay?
Yes, there are plenty of options, so don't drink and drive! Check out our partners under the Info header.
Is there public transportation?