Great Spicy Finds At The Chile Pepper Festival

I made it out to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens this past weekend and came away with a few great spicy finds at their annual Chile Pepper Festival. It was an awesome event with plenty of spicy products to sample, live music, food, beer and all within the beautiful grounds of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. It’s definitely a great event for finding new small batch products and to also support local businesses.  There were two rows of vendors as soon as you walked into the park, savory hot sauces and products on one side and spicy sweets on the other!

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Redhead has a nice curry based spicy sauce, I want to heat it up and spread it on roti or pita.

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I picked up Nonna’s Spicy Red Pesto to spread on crusty Italian bread or to stir into a pasta for a zesty and spicy meal. It’s such a versatile sauce you can just serve it with crackers.

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One of my favorites, Heartbreaking Dawns 1498 hot sauce…I keep one in my desk at the office!

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Spicy and flavorful Indian Tikka Masala sauce, all the samples from this brand were delicious.

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Now for the sweets! Here are a few of my favorites from the event…

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I liked the smooth texture of Madecesse Cinnamon Chili Pepper chocolates. It was spicy and a heavy on the cinnamon which I loved. You got the heat from the chile peppers and the warmth of the cinnamon for a great flavor combination. The Taza Chocolate Mexicano was another favorite. Rick dark chocolate perfect for melting down for spicy hot cocoa or just shaving over desserts.

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Now these Little Bird Chocolates were my absolute favorites. The candied jalapenos dipped in milk chocolate were  surprisingly delicious and had a nice amount of heat. What I really enjoyed was how well the flavors worked together and the chewy jalapeno candy added a nice texture.

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I picked up a few of these Spoonable chile caramel sauces to give away as gifts but have to keep a couple! Would be great to spoon over ice cream or spread on toast. They’re sweet, buttery and spicy…

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If you needed to give your taste buds a break you could shop at a few of the local farmers produce stands…

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or roam the grounds and see the beautiful chile pepper plants in the Herb Garden.

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Oh and these black pearl beauties!

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Overall a very well organized and planned out event! This is one to add to your annual festival list!

Mark Your Calendars, Spicy Food Festivals This Fall

Spicy Food Festivals

I love the Fall! Time to get the sweaters and light jackets from storage, watch the changing leaves, go apple and pumpkin picking, start watching Football every weekend, and attend a couple of food festivals. This past summer was brutal so definitely welcoming the cooler temperatures and looking forward to checking out what’s new at the food fests! Here are a few that are coming up in the next month or so.

Easton Farmers’ Market – Chile Pepper Festival
Saturday, September 22nd
Easton, PA

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Chile Pepper Fiesta
Saturday, September 29th, 11am-6pm
Brooklyn, NY

Wish I could make the Botanic Garden’s festival but will be in Argentina & Chile during that time, maybe I’ll find some great spicy food in Argentina or Chile? I mean, a country with a name like Chile should have some serious heat so we’ll see. 🙂

Food Network’s Wine & Food Festival
Thursday – Sunday, October 11th-14th
New York, NY

The Food Network’s festival is an entire weekend so make sure you check out their events page. One that I’m definitely attending is the Spice event on the 14th at Spice Market. There will be lots of chilies and spices being passed around at that event!

Update:
Feast of San Gennaro
Now thru Sunday, 23rd
Little Italy, NYC

How did I forget the San Gennaro food festival?! Probably because it’s not a spicy food event but there will be spicy food finds, you can bet on that!

Most of the above are in the NJ, PA and NYC area so if you’re nearby these are definitely a few to attend. Would also be great to know what’s happening in your neck of the woods. What food festival are you looking forward to this Fall? Share a few in the comments, would love to hear about them!