If you want to bring a bit of heat to your weekend head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for a celebration of the chile pepper.
The annual day-long event is packed with food, music and info on everything you ever wanted to know about the spicy pepper. There will be more than 35 vendors on hand offering samplings of their wares. Some of the vendors include Calcutta Kitchens, Forward Roots, Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauce, Pierre’s Spicy, Kreyòl Kwizin and Sahadi’s.
Local partners Haiti Cultural Exchange and Red Hook Partners will be on hand to share their knowledge throughout the afternoon and there will also be timed cooking demonstrations and “pepper talks.” If you are feeling brave, and are over the age of 18, you can join in on a hot pepper eating contest at 1:15 p.m.
After all that heat you can finish off the day by listening to four New Orleans legends in concert. Irma Thomas, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and John “Papa” Gros and his Band will fill the garden with sound from 5 to 7 p.m.
The festival takes place on Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The gates will open at 11 a.m. and admission closes at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are required for the event and are $30 for adults, $25 for students and seniors and free for children under 12. Brooklyn Botanic Garden members get in for free but must still register for a ticket. For all the details visit the event website.
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