What: 12th Annual Chile Festival
When: September 11th-13th, 2015
Where: Various Heirloom Farmers Markets Locations
The Chile Festival weekend kicks off at Trail Dust Town on Friday, September 11th, continues at the Oro Valley Farmers Market on Saturday, September 12th, and culminates with the Grande Chile Fiesta at the Rillito Park Farmers Market on Sunday, September 13th. Vendors will be offering chile-themed foods, including freshly roasted green chiles, chile spices, tamales, salsas, and an abundance of different chile specialties.
The Southwest is known for its quality and diversity of chiles. While New Mexico may be the largest U.S. chile producer, Arizona is a vital part of the Chile Belt, growing approximately 6,000 acres of chiles valued at close to $10 million. Heirloom Farmers Markets’ Annual Chile Festival salutes the region’s rich chile heritage while supporting a vibrant spectrum of local food producers and proprietors.
“The Annual Chile Festival is an event close to our region’s heritage and is a time when the chiles ripen to perfection with the more robust red color,” says Roxanne Garcia, co-director of Heirloom Farmers Markets. “We showcase the abundance of chile varieties and share fun and creative ways to cook with chile and chile products.”
Sunday’s Grande Chile Fiesta will be held at the Rillito Park Farmers Market Pavilion. The day’s events include a performance by Tersoro and a chef demonstration by Agustin Kitchen’s Ryan Clark. Moreover, locals can preorder fresh roasted Hatch chiles from Kris Young of Red’s Roasters to be picked up at any of the three locations.
In addition to the chile festival, Heirloom Farmers Markets will also be offering advance ticket sales to their Viva La Local Food Festival, coming up on Saturday, October 31st, with tickets costing $6 per person.
For more information, visit the event page on the Heirloom Farmers Markets’ website.