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Chile Pepper Festival Returns to Brooklyn Botanic Garden for Its 25th Year!

Sunday, October 1, 2017 | 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Scorching Global Bands, Fiery Food Artisans, and More
by BBG
September 26, 2017

WHAT: Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) annual Chile Pepper Festival, returns for its 25th anniversary year with a day of scorching global bands, fiery food tastings of hundreds of unique chile pepper food products, spice market and cookbook pop-up shops, and more, all against the beautiful backdrop of BBG in autumn.

WHEN: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 11 a.m.¬–6 p.m.

WHERE: Media Check-in: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225



LIVE BANDS: Chile Pepper Festival 2017 welcomes five world-class musical acts—Battle of Santiago, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Ladama, Red Baraat, and Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino. Masters of ceremony Robbins & Ringold light up the Cherry Esplanade Stage with fire breathing, sword swallowing, and other fiery feats.

SPICY FOOD TASTINGS: In the marketplace on Cherry Esplanade, visitors can sample and purchase one-of-a-kind products, including hot sauces, spicy chocolates, and unusual-yet-delicious chile combinations in ice cream, jams, and pickles from nearly 50 independent food purveyors. Sahadi Market, a Middle Eastern food store founded in 1895 and winner of the 2017 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics award, returns with pop-up spice market Sahadi’s Souk. Community Bookstore’s pop-up shop features spicy food cookbooks and signings with local authors Maricel E. Presill and Chitra Agrawal.

AROUND THE GARDEN: Join the Chile Chat in BBG’s Herb Garden to talk about cultivating and cooking with peppers. Kids can pot up a pepper plant to take home at Hot Chiles for Cool Kids in the Discovery Garden. Take your photo with murals by local street artists inspired by chile peppers from around the world.

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