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Chile Festival at 5 Tucson Farmers Markets
September 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
One event on September 14, 2018 at 8:00am
One event on September 15, 2018 at 8:00am
One event on September 16, 2018 at 8:00am
Embrace the heat at Heirloom Farmers Markets’ 17th Annual Chile Festival
Southern Arizona isn’t the only thing that’s been heating up this summer – local farmers have been working hard growing fiery chiles to help satisfy our cravings for this seasonal specialty. Now, guests can taste, smell, and savor the region’s best chiles over four days at Heirloom Farmers Markets’ 17th Annual Chile Festival from September 12 – 16.
Established in 2001 as the Roasted Chile Festival, the 2018 Annual Chile Festival invites thousands of visitors to experience the best of chile season at all five Heirloom Farmers Markets. For four days, Heirloom Farmers Markets will be brimming with tons of locally grown chile varieties, freshly roasted green chiles, and an array of chile-infused specialties from market vendors. “Our annual Chile Festival is the event our customers and vendors look forward to each year. The aromas of fresh roasted Hatch chiles fill the market and our vendors always impress with offering chile-themed foods for the weekend,” says Nick Szumowski, Director of Operations at Heirloom Farmers Markets.
This seasonal celebration begins with live Spanish guitar music from Gabriel Francisco on Wednesday, September 12 at the Green Valley Village Farmers and Artisans Market and continues on Friday, September 14 at Trail Dust Town Farmers Market and Saturday, September 15 at Oro Valley Farmers Market from 8am to 12noon. The Grande Chile Festival kicks off on September 15 from 9am to 3pm with food, craft beer, and live music at the Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market, where visitors can sample different varieties of roasted chiles and chile-infused specialties from some of the best local farmers and food purveyors before washing it all down in the beer garden and listening to live rock music from John Grant & The Guilty Bystanders.
On the final day of the Annual Chile Festival at Rillito Park Farmers Market on Sunday, September 16 from 8am to 12noon, the festivities continue with the addition of live mariachi music by Mariachi Estrellas de Tucson and regionally inspired food from our featured Chef Erika Bostich of Seis Kitchen. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on market-roasted chiles from Red’s Roasters and fresh chiles from local farmers like SouthWinds Farm, Sleeping Frog Farms, Robb’s Family Farm, Arevalos Farm, and Larry’s Veggies. Whether they want to spend one, two, or four days celebrating the 17th Annual Chile Festival, guests can get their chile fix at Heirloom Farmers Markets this September.
- WEDNESDAY Green Valley Village Farmers & Artisans Market, 101 South La Cañada Drive, Green Valley, AZ 85614
- FRIDAY Trail Dust Town Farmers Market (Home of Pinnacle Peak), 6541 East Tanque Verde, Tucson, AZ 85715
- SATURDAY Oro Valley Farmers Market (Steam Pump Ranch), 10901 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
- SATURDAY Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market, 12500 East Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85747
- SUNDAY Rillito Park Farmers Market (Food Pavilion), 4502 N. 1st Ave., Tucson, AZ 85718