The popular Pearlridge Farmers’ Market – located in the lower parking lot by Sear’s – is celebrating its second year with a sizzle. In addition to a wide assortment of produce, prepared foods, plants, flowers and locally made products from island growers and vendors, on Saturday, August 15 the Pearlridge Farmers’ Market is firing up a Chile Pepper Festival and Chili Cook Off. The event, which will take place from 8 a.m. through 12 noon during regular farmers’ market hours aims to educate the public on one of our island residents’ favorite fiery foods – the chile pepper.
The Chile Pepper Festival and Chili Cook Off is free and open to the public with complimentary parking available at Pearlridge Center.
Pearlridge Farmers’ Market vendors, including Baker Dude, Wow Wow Lemonade, Country Shave Ice and Link, will incorporate the chile pepper into at least one menu item, adding an extra sizzle. Whether it is the spicy hot flavor or simply the delicious taste of products like chile relleno, spicy salami chili with black beans, chile lemonade and shave ice with chile, mouths will definitely be watering throughout the event.
Event elements of this year’s Chile Pepper Festival and Chili Cook Off include:
- University of Hawaii Master Gardeners and CTAHR (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resource) will be on site throughout the morning sharing tips and tricks for growing healthy and productive Hawaiian chile pepper plants. Guests can also pot their own chile pepper plant to take home.
- If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen and head down to the Chili Cook Off featuring Down to Earth’s Mama T, Chef John Memering and Chef Bob McGee from Link. Stop by, enjoy samples and cast your vote for your favorite chili to determine this year’s People’s Choice Award for the Best Chili starting at 8:30 a.m. Samples available while supplies last.
- Enjoy spicy salsa music by award-winning percussionist, singer and songwriter Rolando Sanchez and Salsa Hawaii from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- And no hot, hot, hot birthday celebration is complete without cake. Pearlridge Farmers’ Market and The French Connection bakery will share slices of chocolate ancho chile pepper birthday cake with guests, while supplies last.
- Put your stamp on it! Pick up a birthday passport from event sponsor RevoluSun’s tent then make a purchase from at least five different farmers’ market vendors to get a gift with purchase – a free USPS farmers’ market postage stamp sheet ($9.80 value)! While supplies last.
- The intoxicating aroma of fresh charred chiles will lead you to the chile roaster where you can buy some to take home or enter to win a free food saver!
- Bring the keiki for free face painting and veggie animal art!