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Fire! Chile Pepper Festival Returns to Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn’s "hottest" annual event will feature spicy tastings and sizzling performances
Chile Pepper Festival, BK Reader
Photo credit: Explore Brooklyn

Fueled by dozens of fiery food artisans and scorching bands from around the globe, the 26th Annual Chile Pepper Festival will set the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden ablaze on Saturday, September 29.

This annual chili-venerating festival celebrates all things pepper-related: sample chili-infused dishes, exotic peppers from around the globe, spicy chocolates and hot sauces. 

Sizzling performances include a rousing serenade led by Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino, Brazilian forró beats coupled with brash New Orleans brass by Nation Beat, South Korean rock rooted in old-school folklore by Coreyah and Doctor Nativo presents his mix of reggae, cumbia and hip-hop.

Additionally, the event offers plenty of fun actives for the entire family to enjoy. Hot Chiles for Cool Kids lets little guests pot up a pepper plant to take home, while the Blazing Antics with Robbins & Ringold will light up the stage with fire-breathing, sword swallowing and other fiery feats.

Festival-goers also get to enjoy Red Hot Street Art, chile-inspired murals, tote bags and more by some of NYC's finest street artists and muralists.

The BBG Chile Pepper Festival is $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors (with ID), and free for kids under 12 and members. Gates open at 10:00am, the festival begins at 11:00am and last admission is at 5:30pm. For more information on all performances, programs and activities, please go here.