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Hahndorf’s Grunds Gourmet triumphs at world’s largest hot sauce contest

The Village Store & Cellar Door in Hahndorf stole the spotlight at the Old Boney Mountain Hot Summer Night in California, clinching a top spot among the world’s best small batch hot sauce producers.

The Village Store & Cellar Door, nestled in Hahndorf, has recently gained global recognition in the Old Boney Mountain Hot Summer Night festival in California. This huge event is the world’s largest non-profit hot sauce competition. Taking place on June 9th at Tarantula Hill in Thousand Oaks, the festival attracted a whopping 575 entries from 21 countries.

The South Australian business showcased commendable performance, particularly excelling in the BBQ Sauce category, where two of their submissions were finalists. The BBQ sauces that got everyone’s attention were the Blue Gum Honey BBQ Sauce and Triple Stout BBQ Sauce. Both delicous, of course! They also clinched a victory in the spicy mustard division with their Southern Mustard BBQ sauce. This sauce not only highlighted their craftsmanship but also secured them the 11th place among the world’s best small batch hot sauce companies.

The acclaimed Southern Mustard BBQ sauce from The Village Store & Cellar Door is inspired by the traditional Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce. Known for its tangy flavour with a hint of sweetness, this versatile sauce is an ideal partner for a variety of dishes including smoked pork, ribs, and burgers. It’s crafted in the Adelaide Hills with a unique blend of ingredients like mustard seed, treacle, plum jam, and a combination of spices and extracts, creating a robust profile that can be enjoyed with a variety dishes.


The store’s relationship with Grund’s Gourmet products has played a crucial role in its achievements. The Grund family, who started making sauces, chutneys, and relishes over 25 years ago due to a lack of local availability in Kimba, have developed a range of acclaimed condiments under the Grund’s Artisan label. Their efforts have not gone unrecognised, with other accolades under their belt, including multiple awards at the Mr Chilli Awards in previous years, securing top positions across various categories.

For those who are looking for spicier products from the renowned sauce maker, Grund’s XXX Habanero Hot Sauce landed first place 2 years in a row in the Habanero category in the Australian/New Zealand Chilli Awards. It’s well worth trying.

The Old Boney Mountain Hot Summer Night event is not just a competition but also a charitable gathering, aimed at raising funds for the Old Boney Playhouse Foundation for Kids. This year’s event featured not only a diverse array of hot sauces but also live music, a silent auction, and a live stream of the awards, presenting a vibrant platform for contestants from across the globe. Grund Gourmet’s successful participation in such a competitive and stringent environment speaks volumes about the quality and appeal of their products.

In addition to their sauces and chutneys, The Village Store also stocks Chesterfield Whisky, renowned for their exquisite ready-made whisky cocktails and gin liqueurs.

For individuals keen on experiencing the best of South Australia’s artisan offerings, it’s well worth a visit to The Village Store & Cellar Door in Hahndorf, and you can grab some epic hot sauces while you’re there!

The Village Store & Cellar Door
3/44 Mount Barker Road Hahndorf, SA, Australia 5245

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