BBG’s Chile Pepper Festival Returns!

Saturday, October 5, 2013 | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Release Date: 08/14/2013

Brooklyn, NY— On Saturday, October 5, BBG’s Chile Pepper Festival will offer a day full of fiery live music and dance performances, gastronomic treats, and activities inspired by the wide range of cultures all over the world that grow and use the chile.

During the 21st annual Chile Pepper Festival, circus masters Robbins and Ringold return as flame-throwing masters of ceremonies for the diverse musical acts on BBG’s Cherry Esplanade. The New York Chinese Cultural Center will showcase traditional red ribbon dances performed by Dance China NY. Stooges Brass Band will amp up the festival with their award-winning blend of traditional New Orleans brass band music laced with funk and hip-hop. Virginia’s Bio Ritmo will perform their alternative salsa and the Afro-Brazilian beats of Dendê Macêdo & Band will heat up the festival.

The Osborne Garden will feature Feel the Burn, a marketplace where visitors can try and buy artisanal foodstuffs from over 20 vendors of spicy and savory treats, including Caribbean Bacchanal Pepper Sauce and Senegalese Nafi’s Hot Pepper Condiments. Salsas, kimchi, spice rubs, pickles, pretzels and more will be available, plus dozens of hot sauces from Beyond the Spice’s sweet Coconut-Ginger Simmer Sauce to Torchbearer Sauces’ The Rapture, claimed to be the “hottest natural sauce in the world” with 66.6% chile content from scorpion and bhut jolokia peppers.

Alongside these vendors will be over a dozen confectioners and chocolatiers presenting a spicy take on their sweets. Many will offer blends created especially for the Chile Pepper Festival, including Raaka Chocolate’s spicy rum punch chocolate bar, Cookie Fairy Sweets’ “Brooklyn Buddies” (chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies topped with habanero sea salt), and JoMart Chocolates’ chipotle marshmallows. A full list of savory and sweet vendors will be available soon at

The Garden’s Terrace Café will feature five-spice tofu lettuce wraps, chicken and shrimp gumbo, and watermelon with Sriracha. Foodies, chileheads, and newbies are encouraged to fill up on these specialty edibles. Throughout the day, a Chile Pepper Farm Stand at BBG’s Atrium Terrace will offer dozens of peppers for purchase from local growers including East New York Farms!. Visitors can partake in a Tour-de-Chile with Garden staff, exploring the chile collection in BBG’s Herb Garden. Children will learn more about peppers by potting their own to take home, and visitors of all ages can purchase pepper plants from the Garden Shop to cultivate.

This year’s Chile Pepper Festival is $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors (with ID), and free for kids under 12. For more information on all performances, purveyors, programs, and activities, please visit

General Information
Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an independent nonprofit institution committed to education, research, and the display of horticulture. BBG serves communities in New York City and internationally through its world-class gardens, extensive research collections, and numerous educational and community programs. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 12,000 kinds of plants and hosts more than 750,000 visitors annually.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Garden is closed on Mondays except public holidays. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens (65 and older) and students with ID. Children under 12, all school groups, and Garden members are admitted free at all times. Visitor entrances are at Flatbush Avenue, 990 Washington Avenue and Eastern Parkway. For directions, please visit

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