Temperatures are cooling down, but the taste of summer still simmers at Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Chile Pepper Fiesta. From music and dancing to sugar and spice, this celebration is as global in reach as the appeal of the berry it honors. And yes, you read that right—the Chile pepper's technically a berry.
Fans of the pepper's signature heat would do best to visit the Chocolate Chile Cabana first. "Hot chocolate" gets a twist by chocolatiers who infuse or use Chilies in their confections. Grab some free tastes and then cast a vote in the Chocolate and Chile Takedown. And what goes better with chocolate than beer? Rogue Ales is pouring their Chocolate Stout and Chipotle Ale throughout the afternoon.
If you like your spicy without suds or sweets, don't worry. There are hot sauce producers on hand providing samples, as well as chefs demonstrating Indian, Malaysian, and Korean cooking techniques.
Work up a sweat the old fashioned way (and work off all that chocolate) by dancing to live music under the tent in the Cherry Esplanade. Sticking with the theme of the day, the bands come from cultures known for their fiery cuisine. Whether you dig African grooves, Mexican indie rock, Cajun roots music, Louisiana blues, or Bollywood beats, you'll find something that moves you.
Cool down from all the excitement by participating in Quigong exercises, or strolling through Brooklyn Botanic Garden's beautiful fifty-two acre living museum. Of course, you can see examples of the peppers themselves growing in the borders around the lily pools, and plants will be on sale so you can bring the Fiesta home.