Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory.

Tour the Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory

Field review by the editors.

Irwindale, California

Sriacha is a popular Southeast Asian-style hot chili sauce, manufactured in the US since 1980 (and named after a city in Thailand). Some Irwindale locals wanted to shut down the Huy Fong Foods plant because of the noxious smell (there were rumors it was manufacturing tear gas). The factory re-ventilated, and the city dropped its lawsuit in 2014, so the sauce making continues. The formerly top secret spicy condiments factory now welcomes public tours.

Visitors board 14-seat golf cart mini-buses for part of the half hour tour, and samples are provided. There's a souvenir shop called The Rooster Room. The best (and smelliest) time to visit is chili-grinding season, mid-Sep. to late Oct. Tours must be scheduled in advance by calling.

Tour the Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory

Huy Fong Foods

Address:
4800 Azusa Canyon Rd, Irwindale, CA
Directions:
Huy Fong Foods. I-10 exit 36. Drive north on Hwy 39/N. Azusa Ave. for 1.5 miles. Turn left at the stoplight just past the high school sport fields onto W. Cypress St. Drive two miles. When the road dead-ends, turn right onto Olive St. You'll see the factory on the right; turn right at the next stoplight into the entrance and parking lot.
Hours:
Tours must be booked in advance. M-F 11, 1, 2:30. (Call to verify)
Phone:
626-286-8328
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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