18 October, 2019, 18:34

18th Annual Roasted Chile Festival with Heirloom Farmers Markets

Turnin' up the heat & roasting the summer away.

Heirloom Farmers Markets is heating up multiple spots around town with their 18th Annual Roasted Chile Festival taking place Wednesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 22.

Each and every year, the Roasted Chile Festival focuses on locally grown chiles, proving that Arizona can compete with the big guys in New Mexico.

“A lot of farmers grow New Mexico chile varieties just because people are already familiar with them, but Arizona chile have a lot more clout,” says Aaron Cardona of Arevalos Farm.

It’s practically the biggest chile festival in Tucson and the smell of fresh roasted chile, family-friendly activities, and live music stretch over four days.

Photo Courtesy of Heirloom Farmers Markets

Photo Courtesy of Heirloom Farmers Markets

To start things off and really get things heated, the Green Valley Village Farmers & Artisans MarketTrail Dust Town, and Oro Valley Farmers Market will be roasting and offering chile-themed specials from several regular vendors.

After that, the larger “Grande Chile Festival” will take over the Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market and Rillito Park Farmers Market.

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Annual Roasted Chile Festival Schedule

Wednesday, September 18 from 8 a.m. – noon
  • Green Valley Village Farmers & Artisans Market – 101 S. La Cañada Dr., Green Valley, AZ
    • Live music from Gabriel Francisco
    • Fresh roasted chile and specialties
    • More than 40 vendors
Friday, September 20 from 8 a.m. – noon
  • Trail Dust Town Farmers Market – 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
    • Live Music (TBA)
    • Fresh roasted chile and specialties
    • Chile-themed specials
    • At least 15 vendors
Saturday, September 21 from 8 a.m. – noon
  • Oro Valley Farmers Market – 10901 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ
    • Live Music (TBA)
    • Fresh roasted chile and specialties
    • More than 40 vendors
Photo Courtesy of Heirloom Farmers Markets

Photo Courtesy of Heirloom Farmers Markets

Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Grande Chile Festival)
  • Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market – 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail
    • Live music by Salvador Duran, Cadillac MountainSouthbound PilotRoman Barten-Sherman, Rudy Cortese, and Damon McLaughlin
    • Beer and margarita garden
    • Family Fun Hub, which includes a Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Taste of the Market, Face Painting, and other activities
    • Fresh roasted chile and specialties
    • “Free Veggie Valet” that lets you drop off your fresh veggies at the valet and continue to experience the festival
    • More than 60 vendors
Sunday, September 22 from 8 a.m. – noon (Grande Chile Festival)
  • Rillito Park Farmers Market – 4502 N. First Ave.
    • Live Music by Mariachi Estrellas de Tucson
    • “Chef at the Market” will feature the 2019 Iron Chef Tucson Winner, Wendy Gauthier of Chef Chic
    • Taste of the Market Activity
    • Fresh roasted chile and specialties
    • Chile-themed specials
    • More than 80 vendors

If you can’t wait any longer and need your chiles pronto, Red’s Roasters is taking pre-orders now until Monday, September 16. Call (520) 409-3406 to place an order.

For more Annual Roasted Chile Festival information, including days, times, and locations visit heirloomfm.org.

Matt Sterner is a journalist, novelist, loves films, and would like to think he's a filmmaker. When he's eating, he likes to talk with his mouth full and write about it.

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