On Avery Island in Louisiana, groups can get an insider’s look into the inspiration, history and process behind McIlhenny’s famed TABASCO pepper sauce with a TABASCO Factory Tour.
“When visiting Avery Island, groups are able to view artifacts from TABASCO Sauce’s founding family; witness the growing process of the pepper plants from seedlings to full-grown plants; visit the mash warehouse for a peek at the TABASCO aging process; view and smell the aromas of the stirring vats; and learn about our company’s bottling and shipping processes around the world,” said Katlyn Stanford, visitors center coordinator at TABASCO. “Our branded merchandise along with samplings of new spicy food products are available at the TABASCO Country Store Gift Shop. Restaurant 1868, located next to the TABASCO Country Store, offers local cuisine seasoned perfectly with TABASCO Original Red and other pepper sauce flavors. Also located on Avery Island is Jungle Gardens, a beautifully preserved nature sanctuary.”
New to Avery Island, groups can rent bikes at Jungle Gardens and explore the island on two wheels. A TABASCO Factory Tour highlight is the Flavor Lab, an interactive experience for guests where they can learn about a particular TABASCO flavor profile and how it’s used in a variety of foods.
“Visitors seem to most enjoy our Barrel Warehouse, where TABASCO Pepper Mash is aged in white oak barrels for up to three years before being mixed with vinegar,” Stanford said. “Another fan favorite would be our sample bar in the TABASCO Country Store, where visitors can taste an unlimited number of unique TABASCO brand sauces and snacks, including TABASCO Coke and jalapeno ice cream.”
Guided tours should be made at least one week in advance, and discounts are offered for groups of 25 or more visitors. Self-led tours do not have to be reserved; however, a 24-hour notice is suggested for larger groups.
Ample motorcoach parking is available.
For more information, call 337-373-6132 or visit tabasco.com.