Plus, Sav's Chill opens new Warehouse Block spot.
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Another sriracha shortage?
Three shelves full of sriracaha bottles.
And to think we took this sight for granted last year. | Photo by Paul Narvaez via Wikimedia Commons
A summer without Sriracha? It’s a possibility now that Huy Fong Foods plans to stop production until after Labor Day. “All orders that have been scheduled beginning on May 6, 2024, will be canceled,” the California-based hot sauce company said. That’s nearly a four-month pause on the production of Sriracha, chili garlic sauce, and sambal oelek.

This isn’t the first time Huy Fong couldn’t deliver the heat. Last year, we reported a Sriracha shortage due to droughts in Mexico (where the jalapeno peppers are sourced). This year’s culprit? The peppers are “too green.”

Huy Fong’s “red rooster” Sriracha is known for, well, being red. When jalapenos are too green, they dilute that iconic color. It isn’t just the hue that’s halting the hot sauce — green peppers are also less spicy than their more developed red pepper peers. And what’s Sriracha without spice?

Good news. Other Sriracha creators aren’t reporting the same red jalapeno shortage. You can get your hands on some hot sauce by visiting one of these local grocers.

An aisle featuring various flavors of chips and mochi.

Get your sriracha and munchie fix at DY Market. | Photo by LEXtoday

DY Market, 3101 Clays Mill Rd., Ste. 102
Foodies can easily spend an afternoon browsing the aisles of this Asian grocery store which carries everything from frozen meals to cooking supplies, and you guessed it, Sriracha. Pro tip: Be sure to snag a Korean hotdog at its onsite restaurant Chung Chun.

Seoul Asian Market, 1085 E. New Circle Rd.
Grab a freshly made kimbap meal for lunch, then do your grocery shopping for the week— just don’t forget to scope out the aisles for that ruby red bottle.

Yu Yu Asian Supermarket, 393 Waller Ave.
Plan out your plates by looking through fresh produce, meats like peking duck, baked goods, and your favorite chili garlic hot sauce.
Would you rather...
A. Have a green Sriracha sauce?
B. Endure another Sriracha shortage?
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Tuesday, May 21
  • Nature Olympics | Tuesday, May 21 | 4-5 p.m. | McConnell Springs Park, 416 Rebmann Ln., Lexington | Free | Let the kids go for the gold at this active outdoor competition — registration is required.
  • The Gaythering | Tuesday, May 21 | 5-8 p.m. | Old North Bar, 101 W. Loudon Ave., Lexington | Free | Mingle and network at this monthly happy hour that benefits Arbor Youth Services.
Wednesday, May 22
  • Mocktails at the Museum | Wednesday, May 22 | 5-6 p.m. | 21c Hotel Museum, 167 W. Main St., Lexington | Free | Sip on a complimentary mocktail while taking a guided tour of the latest exhibit, “Labor & Materials.”
Thursday, May 23
  • Lex Get HAAPI presents: “Yellow Rose” | Thursday, May 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St., Lexington | $7.31 | Enjoy a musical performance from Yoko Nogami followed by a screening of the movie “Yellow Rose.” .
Friday, May 24
  • Wire Wrapping for Beginners | Friday, May 24 | 6-7 p.m. | Creatures of Whim, 126 N. Broadway, Lexington | $42.40 | Learn how to wrap your own pendant using a crystal and wire.
  • Lylak | Friday, May 24 | 8 p.m. | The Burl, 375 Thompson Rd., Lexington | $15-$18 | See this local indie folk band as they sweep you away with powerful vocals + celebrate the release of their new single “Landlines.”
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Sign up for a summer of fun at The LASC
a gif featuring images of kids doing different activities at the LASC
Summer camp at The LASC allows kids to build their community outside of the school year (read: it’s a great opportunity to make new friends.). | Photos courtesy of The LASC; GIF by LEXtoday
Haven’t finished ironing out your kids’ summer schedule yet? We’ll let you in on a little secret: The Living Arts & Science Center (The LASC) offers a variety of summer camps all season long for all ages.

That’s right, summer fun isn’t just for the kiddos — everyone from Pre-K to 55+ can sign up.

So, what sets summer camp at The LASC apart from others? Small class sizes allow campers to enjoy unique experiences with everything from ceramics to cooking. Campers can truly become a part of the wider Lexington community while producing artwork that will live at LASC.

Another bonus: Campers can also learn about the importance of physical + mental health by participating in Morning Mediation and a Learning Lounge (read: the perfect option for parents who need early drop-off and late pickup).

LASC members receive discounts on summer camps and classes year-round. Explore all membership perks and learn how to become one.

Not looking to participate in summer camp but still want to support the LASC? Donations help fund summer camp scholarships + additional programming throughout the year.
News Notes
  • We’re all screaming for ice cream, because Sav’s Chill is now open in its new Warehouse Block home. Head to 819 National Ave., Tuesday-Sunday, 12-10 p.m., to get a scoop of your favorite flavors. Excuse us while we get lost in a pint of BeeSop Sorbet.
Try This
  • The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning has unveiled its adult classes for June. Writers can sign up for group screenwriting sessions, creative nonfiction, multimedia courses, Spanish classes, and more.
  • Calling all cinephiles. The Kentucky Theatre is hosting “Screen Slam” tonight at 7:30 p.m. Here, high school filmmakers will screen their creations and be in the running to receive a monetary prize + a fee waiver for the Twelve Lions Film Festival.
  • Get ready for those calm, quiet summer nights. Just joking — a new survey from finds the that cicada season will be upon us in late May and June. Kentucky was ranked the No. 8 state in the US for emerging broods.
  • Have a knack for civic advocacy? Our friends at CivicLex are hiring a Project Specialist. The position will be responsible for coordinating public outreach activities, developing educational resources, and conducting research + analysis.
  • In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, we’d like to introduce one of our favorite tourist spots: Lexington. Be a tourist right here at home by exploring one of our many city guides.
  • LiveWell Training Club is making big moves. The local gym recently moved into a new (and larger space) at 233 East Main St. — just one block from its old location. See why its owners are excited about this new chapter and what Lexingtonians can expect in the new space.*
  • Connect with Kentucky’s signature equine industry during a farm tour. World-renowned horse farms, equine veterinary clinics, accredited equine retraining and adoption facilities + more are offering behind-the-scenes tours via the Horse Country platform. Book a tour anytime, or reach out to their team by email to help find the perfect experience.*
🇺🇸 Remembering those who have fallen
Five people help hang up an American flag.
Lexington has many ways to honor and commemorate those who have fallen. | Photo by Mark Cornelison
Memorial Day is Monday, May 27, and Lexington has multiple ways to commemorate and honor US military personnel who died in the line of duty.

Pro tip: Since it’s a federal holiday, civic offices, most state offices, banks, and public libraries will be closed.

Memorial Day Cookout, Neon Moon Bar + Lounge | Sunday, May 26, 5 p.m.
Commemorate the day by connecting with community members at this good ol’ fashioned cookout.

Memorial Day Cookout, The American Legion Post 313 | Monday, 27, 5-7 p.m.
Bring the family for an afternoon of barbecue and connecting with veterans.

Memorial Day Bash, Harley Davidson | Monday, May 27, 10 a.m.
Join the crew for a day of Big Cleve’s BBQ, live music from Brad Hardin, and bike washes.

Holiday Run, A Cup of Common Wealth | Monday, May 27, 9 a.m.
Lace up those shoes and meet the Frontrunners of Lexington at this downtown coffee shop for a breezy walk or run.
The Buy
Pet accessories. Have the prettiest pooch at the park with these themed prints for summer thanks to Covey Collection.
The Wrap
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My favorite flavor at Sav’s Chill? The hot banana made with its own piment habanero sauce, of course. With a creamy, cool kick, I guarantee there’s nothing else like it in town.
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