Chile Pepper Food Festival at Bowers Park Sept. 5 & 6

Photo by Carl Hess Linda Rosencrans enjoys her bowl of Jambalaya while staffing the One-By-One Cat Rescue tent during the 2013 Chile Pepper Food Festival at Bowers Park.
Photo by Carl Hess A record 93 vendors paritipated in the Chile Pepper Food Festival at Bowers Park last year.

The 19th Annual Bowers Chile Pepper Food Festival is set for Friday and Saturday September 5 and 6 at Bill DeLong Memorial Park in Bowers. A donation of $2 per person is requested. Parking is free in the park.

No Pets and No Alcohol Permitted!

James Weaver of Meadow View Farm (610-682-6094) 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 on Friday at 2 p.m. for the 6th annual Salsa contest and then on Saturday the Jalapeno Pepper Eating Contest begins at 4 p.m.

As always, the horse drawn wagons will be providing transport between the festival and the farm at no charge.