Chile Pepper Festival Celebrates Local Food and Culture
September 25, 2014 by Fara Illich
Living in Arizona for any amount of time, you learn how to add chile to just about everything. With more than 200 known varieties of chile pepper, understanding the subtle and nuanced flavors is an art form that takes a lifetime — and many taste tests.
Come taste a variety of delectable chile-inspired dishes Saturday from 5-11 p.m. at the third annual Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival located in the open-air section of Phoenix Public Market. This free event features 24 restaurants, craft beer, cocktails and entertainment for the whole family.
As the smell of fresh-roasted chiles wafts through the air – roasted on-site by Crooked Sky Farms – cool yourself down at the Deschutes craft beer garden or 3 Amigos Tequila margarita station. Enjoy some live music by Pick and Holler, Mariachi Luna de Mexico and a free salsa dancing lesson and demonstration by Stilo Dance Company.
Bring the whole family and check out the campy and hilarious Ghost Pepper Talent Show and designated kid’s zone with chile pepper-themed arts, crafts and face painting.
Street and on-site parking is available but guests are encouraged to ride the light rail, walk or bike to the event.