Chilli peppers, chilli pepper competitions, live music and beers and margaritas to snuff out the heat when things get too steamy. Welcome to the Chile Pepper Festival.
- When? 30th September 2017
- Where? Roosevelt Row Arts District, Phoenix
- Price: Free
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers; a peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
As if Chile, chili and chilli wasn't confusing enough. Chili is a serious business and anybody who's anybody in Phoenix this October will tell you so. Things heat up at the Chile Pepper Festival in the Roosevelt Row Arts District when chilli connoisseurs fire up their grills and serve the best chilli cuisine a man could possibly hope to find in Phoenix. The Chile Pepper Champion is considered a great honour and you'll find top dogs Blue Hound Kitchen, southwestern cuisine experts Canyon Cafe, vegetarian and vegan chefs from The Cornado and caterers from Hot Stuff's Hot Stuff all competing for Arizona's most senior chilli position.
The cooking demos are a great way to learn how to bring a taste of America's southwest back home with you. As is the market where you can buy chilli infused oil from Base Infused Oils, give your mouth a scorching with some Los Muertos Salsa, the self-proclaimed undertaker of dipping chips or pick up a 'Grill Master Tool Set' from the Carefree Spice Company complete with an impressive selection of spice blends for the most committed of chilli eaters.
If your stomach isn't the one doing the dancing, then you can salsa along to the Mexican folk beats of Mariachi Aguila. Beginners, brush up on the basics with the Mambo Exquisite Dance Company first. Otherwise grab a craft beer and watch the dramatic moves of a flamenco performance. Between the smouldering pang of chili peppers and the guitarists alzapúa, the southwest's Spanish and Mexican heritage is well represented. There's one thing missing though. Margaritas. Cazadores Tequila has got the blend of tequila, triple sec and lime juice cubierto (covered) and their expert bartenders will be lining up gourmet cocktails at the margarita station.
Entry is free from the 4 p.m. start and festivities end at 11 p.m. The proceeds from food and drink sales go towards the Growhouse Community Garden, a promoter of healthy living where the Phoenix community can come and learn how to grow their own food.
If you see Peter Piper, ask him just what in the hell is going on anyway.
- Get there: Roosevelt Row itself is walkable, so take the bus or streetcar and forget the hassle of parking.
- Stay: Book accommodation in Downtown Phoenix to be close to the festival and Phoenix's other attractions.
Visit the official website for more information.
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