We’ve got chiles! All over the state, chiles are roasting and may be bought in individual packs or in bulk. Many people buy in bulk to freeze their chiles for the rest of the year so as to always have fresh, green, New Mexico chiles in every meal.
The chiles can be found roasting in parking lots and roadside stands in almost any area of New Mexico.
Several chile festivals including the Second Annual South Valley Chile Fiesta in Albuquerque pay homage to the state’s love of these peppers.
The Second Annual South Valley Chile Fiesta will return to Gateway Park located at Bridge and Isleta SW on Saturday, August 29 from noon to 8 p.m. This year’s fiesta will offer live entertainment, arts & craft vendors, food, beer garden, kid’s activities like an interactive mural and rock wall, and new this year, chile plus vendors offering chile inspired foods and crafts. The popular chile and salsa sampling wrist bands will be available for $5.
This is a cash only event. The official currency of the South Valley Chile Fiesta will be ‘Chile Chips.’ Chips must be purchased the day of the event at the onsite ticket booths. All food and beverage vendors will be only accepting ‘Chile Chips.’ Chips are available for an even exchange of one chip to one dollar. Each food vendor will offer a ‘fiesta special’ for $5.
The South Valley Chile Fiesta is presented in cooperation by South Valley MainStreet, Mixing Bowl, and the South Valley Economic Development Center. This event is a major fundraiser for these organizations. Bernalillo County is a key supporter and organizers are pleased to announce the South Valley Chile Fiesta is a New Mexico True event.
The event is free. Parking is by Park N Ride from the old Herrera bus lot, located at 1140 Sunset Road off Sunset Blvd and Bridge Blvd. SW. Only handicap parking will be available on site.