Chile Pepper Festival


Date & Time:
September 28 5pm-11pm

ARTS Market
408 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

The Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival kicks off its second 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 just 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.

Urban Beans Cafe & Tertio Wine Bar
Phoenix Public Market Cafe
Jobot Coffee & Crepes
Carly’s Bistro
AZ Food Crafters
Sit / Stay of Short Leash Hotdogs
Aside of Heart (Vegan Options)
Welcome Diner
Dine’ Yummy (Contemporary Native American Cuisine)
Slade Grove Creative Gourmet
Paletas Betty

Super Farm Super Truck
Gourmet Command Center
Queso Good
Goodness Gracious Great Balls & Sliders

Cool down those 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 with Habanero Pepper Mango Margaritas or Pina Serano Pepper Margaritas, and a local talent show hosted by Lawn Gnome Publishing. Free salsa samples are included in admission and you get to pick who does it best in our Salsa Showdown! Your first vote is on the house with the price of admission. If you’re feeling strongly about your salsa pick and generous toward the community, keep voting! Each additional vote is a dollar. The money raised in the Showdown will be used to support Roosevelt Row’s urban agriculture and art programs.

Enjoy live music by Grupo Liberdade and The Senators at the Festival!  We’re also excited to invite the Heard Museum’s native dancers to the festival this year.

Grupo Liberdade is a performance group dedicated to freedom of expression through Culture, Movement & Sound. We promote COMMUNITY, DIVERSITY & EMPOWERMENT drawing upon the traditional & contemporary rhythms of Brazil and beyond while bringing an original sound & energy to our desert metropolis. Specializing in Batucada including the Afro-Brazilian styles of SambaSamba Reggae, Côcos and Maracatu, Grupo Liberdade strives to share the infectious sounds of Brasil with Arizona to further enrich, move & inspire.”

“Phoenix-based indie start-up ‘the Senators’ are a new face of the Arizona music scene, but are already receiving national attention.  Rooted in years of collaborative songwriting between the Teer brothers – Jesse & Rooster – the project came together in the summer of 2012.”


 The Phoenix Center for the Arts and the Heard Museum will be hosting chile pepper crafts for kids at Chile Fest!

The Heard Museum will share with festival-goers about American Indian Indigenous cultures and will share a bit about the importance of Chili to Indigenous Peoples as we  decorate  chili peppers with glitter!  There will also be a special native dance performance at the Festival. Also check out the museum to view the exhibition; Chocolate, Chili and Cochineal, up through November 30, 2014.


We will also have lots of carnival games for the big & little kids, hosted by BIOSCIENCE High School Publications, National Art Honor Society, and STARS clubs, such as:
- Toss-a-rama with Can Toss, Ring Toss, and Balloon Toss!
- AND Face Painting!


$15 admission. Admission covers the cost of entry, live music & entertainment, and free salsa sampling & voting. Food from each restaurant/food truck will be for sale. Cash bar. $20 ticket includes a bag of roasted HATCH CHILES in a Crooked Sky Farm reusable grocery bag. FREE admission for children 4 and under. Buy Your Ticket Online Here 

Food & Beverages are sold separately.

Check back regularly for more event updates and information.

Parking: On street parking or free parking at Phoenix Center for the Arts:
1202 North 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004

We’re still looking for salsa makers! Learn how to become a vendor HERE.2012 Title Holders:
Chile Challenge Winner – Jobot Coffee Shop
Salsa Showdown Winner – La Salsa Caliente

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Find more information HERE.


Parking & Accessibility:

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 gravel lot with picnic table seating available. More details will become available closer to the event.


Event Contact:
Kenny Barrett
Event Coordinator



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