Summer may be slowly heading to an end, but the real heat is on its way. The kind of heat that can't be beaten by air conditioning. On Saturday, September 29th Roosevelt Row will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the glorious pepper at the Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival. This annual event brings together the best chile pepper inspired cuisines in the neighborhood, along with fantastic live music, dancing, and drinks. Here's your definitive guide to the Chile Pepper Festival so you can make the most of this spicy day.
Part of the Chile Pepper Festival is a challenge for local restaurants to come up with the hottest, tastiest dish. This year, more than a twenty restaurants have thrown their sombrero into the ring. Pepper delicacies will be inspired by many different types of cuisines, including Mexican by Ritos Mexican Food, Asian by SoSoBa Ramen, and even sorbet by Lulu's Sorbetto. There will also be representatives from The Dressing Room, who we featured in our Best Breakfast Burritos post. You can purchase Taster Tickets on the tickets site that can be redeemed for samples of the pepper competition entries. In fact, tickets are required for all the food and drinks. Luckily, they have some value packages here to help you save some money. At the end of the day, there will be prizes awarded to the winning entrant based on judges and voting by you!
Music and Dancing
Starting at 5 pm on the Ghost Pepper, enjoy live music by local artists that will make you want to get up on the dance floor and salsa the night away. If you think you have what it takes to belong on the stage, be sure to sign up for the Ghost Pepper Talent Show. You have two opportunities, at 7:45 and 8:45, to get up and show off your skills. And if you enjoy learning new dances, stick around for the Flamenco dance lessons at 9 o'clock, which will pay off at 9:15 for the flamenco portion of the musical events.
To round out the festival, there will be plenty of vendors in the market where you can buy all kinds of chile pepper inspired goods and foods. Stop by the Los Muertos Salsa booth for a sweet or spicy treat to bust out at home. Or grab a t-shirt at the State Farm Chile Tees station. Take home a new favorite hot sauce from Heartbreaking Dawns or something sweeter from Rango Honey.
All the action runs from 5-10 pm on Saturday, Sep. 29th on the corner of 2nd St. and Roosevelt St. Admission is $10 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free. There likely won't be much parking available, so plan to take public transportation, walk, or bike. Remember, chile peppers are not for the faint of heart, and if you don't think you'll be able to handle the heat, don't be a hero! Eat peppers responsibly!