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Chile Pepper Fest features music, spicy food

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The 18th Annual Bowers Chile Pepper Food Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7 at Bill DeLong Memorial Park in Bowers.
James Weaver of Meadow View Farm began planting peppers on his farm in 1994 for himself and his friend Chris Markey. This led to the “Hot Pepper Field Day” for locals to come and pick their own. Two years later in 1996, Chris Markey and John Bixler created the Bowers Chile Pepper Food Festival in coordination with the field excursions.
Since that time, the festival has grown consistently by providing a good time with good music and most importantly good, spicy food.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Acoustic Road Show which showcases local musicians, on both Friday and Saturday. Vendors will be selling everything from clothing and crafts to freshly picked produce to some of the tastiest and most interesting chile pepper inspired dishes anywhere, from sauces to stuffed smoked peppers. Join in the fun on Friday at 2 p.m. for the 5th Annual Salsa Contest and then on Saturday the Jalapeno Pepper Eating Contest begins at 4 p.m.
New for 2013 is the open jammers tent on both days.
As always, the horse drawn wagons will be providing transport between the festival and the farm at no charge.
GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has partnered with CaJohns Fiery Foods Co. to launch his own line of gourmet hot sauces and will be selling his hot sauce at the festival this year.
Round up your pepper inspired gear and head to Bill DeLong Park, Bowerson Sept. 6 and 7—the “Hottest Little Town in the USA.”
A minimal donation per person is requested. Parking is free in the park.
No pets and no alcohol permitted.
For more information, visit
Provided by Chris Markey.