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Chile Pepper Fiesta Offered a Day of Hot Delights

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.

Anita Jacobs is the director of Public Programs at BBG.

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