Chile Pepper Festival

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Date & Time:
September 27 5pm-11pm

Phoenix Public Market
721 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

The Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival kicks off its third season by presenting local restaurants, chefs, and gourmet food trucks competing in a Chile Challenge for the most delicious, Chile pepper-inspired cuisine.

Food enthusiasts, or those of you who are hungry and in the Phoenix area, are encouraged to try featured Chile dishes from participating restaurants and rate it at the festival.  The dish with the highest overall rating will be announced on stage at the Chile Pepper Festival as the People’s Choice Winner.

This year’s lineup of 24 local restaurants has not been announced yet, but last year restaurants including Carly’s Bistro, Welcome Diner, Phoenix Public Market Cafe, Dine’ Yummy (Contemporary Native American Cuisine) and Aside of Heart (Vegan Options) join the Chile Pepper Challenge and competed in the Chile Pepper Challenge.

Cool down any competitive urges with the more relaxed features of the Chile Pepper Festival like on-site chile roasting, live music, the Deschutes Beer Garden, a 3 Amigos gourmet margarita station, and a local talent show hosted by Lawn Gnome Publishing.


Who will be crowned the next Chile Pepper Champion? We are now excepting nominations for the title of Chile Pepper Queen (or King!) Nominate any community member who knows what it means to make downtown Phoenix a more spicy, vibrant community–both in terms of food and society. Submit your  nomination for someone who does good work and enjoys good food in the community!


Live music lineup will be announced soon! Grupo Liberdade and The Senators brought their spicy and folksy music to the festival in 2013.


The Chile Pepper Festival is a family-friendly event! Crafts and games will be available for children of all ages, as well as kid-friendly food without spice.


General admission is free. Admission covers the cost of entry, live music & entertainment. Food tickets are $2 each or 12 for $20, and beer/margarita tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Bundle discounts are offered for festival goers who want to try all chile-themed dishes, go in pairs, live in downtown Phoenix, or are members of the Merchant Association. Buy Your Tickets Online Here 


Limited on street parking will be available around the event or free parking can be found at Phoenix Center for the Arts: 1202 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The event is handicap accessible with reserved parking for those with the proper disability license plate or placard. The majority of the event space will be held on a paved lot with picnic table seating available. More details will become available closer to the event.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Find more information HERE.



Event Contact:
Kenny Barrett
Event Coordinator

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