Chile Pepper Fiesta Offered a Day of Hot Delights

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    • Visitors enjoy lots of tasty samples in the Chile-chocolate Wonderland at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Visitors enjoy lots of tasty samples in the Chile-chocolate Wonderland at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Violet Femmes' Gordon Gano with the Lost Bayou Ramblers at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Violet Femmes' Gordon Gano with the Lost Bayou Ramblers at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Robbins & Ringold play with fire as the masters of ceremony at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Robbins & Ringold play with fire as the masters of ceremony at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Kids got to make their own custom hot cocoa mix to take home from the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Kids got to make their own custom hot cocoa mix to take home from the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Electric Junkyard Gamelan on the Wonderland stage at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Electric Junkyard Gamelan on the Wonderland stage at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • An enraptured crowd watches Electric Junkyard Gamelan make beautiful music from home-made instruments. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.An enraptured crowd watches Electric Junkyard Gamelan make beautiful music from home-made instruments. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Robbins & Ringold sword swallowing at 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Robbins & Ringold sword swallowing at 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Visitors tale a chile pepper tour in the Herb Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Visitors tale a chile pepper tour in the Herb Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Chico Mann played funky Afro-Latin electronica at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Chico Mann played funky Afro-Latin electronica at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Robbins & Ringold teaching some visitors how to fly! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Robbins & Ringold teaching some visitors how to fly! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Dominic James and the Rhythm Machine get some visitors dancing on the stage. Photo by Rebecca Bullene. Dominic James and the Rhythm Machine get some visitors dancing on the stage. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Brooklyn Salsa Company was not only giving out tasty salsa, but temporary tattoos in the shape of Brooklyn too! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Brooklyn Salsa Company was not only giving out tasty salsa, but temporary tattoos in the shape of Brooklyn too! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Dominic James and the Rhythm Machine got the crowd moving to Congolese rumba rhythms and Caribbean dance grooves. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Dominic James and the Rhythm Machine got the crowd moving to Congolese rumba rhythms and Caribbean dance grooves. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Robbins & Ringold play with fire as the masters of ceremony at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Robbins & Ringold play with fire as the masters of ceremony at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Shirts on fire at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Shirts on fire at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • A visitor tastes a hot sauce sample. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.A visitor tastes a hot sauce sample. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • The Defibulators perform at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta.The Defibulators perform at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta.
    • Spicy pickle samples at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Spicy pickle samples at the 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • A visitor enjoys one of the three amazing salsas Green Salsa Company put out for tasting. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.A visitor enjoys one of the three amazing salsas Green Salsa Company put out for tasting. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Visitors in the Chile-chocolate Wonderland. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Visitors in the Chile-chocolate Wonderland. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

    Rain couldn’t dampen BBG’s 2011 Chile Pepper Fiesta, which sizzled with fiery bands and spicy food galore! Free chocolate was a hit in Chile Chocolate Wonderland, where visitors of all ages enjoyed spicy samples from the region’s finest artisanal chocolatiers. Heat seekers enjoyed samples of hot sauce, spicy kimchee, fiery pickles, and other red-hot delights in Magnolia Plaza, while heavy metal fans lined up for autographs from Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitarist Chris Caffery and Mosh Potatoes cookbook author Steve Seabury.

    Throughout the day the Garden was alive with music, from Mexican mariachi to Congolese rumba to urban honkytonk. The afternoon’s final performance, by the Cajun-flavored Lost Bayou Ramblers featuring Gordon Gano, had audiences up on their feet singing along to punk classics from Gano’s seminal band the Violent Femmes.

    Here are some highlights of the day.


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