Do you really love chile peppers and spicy foods? If you're up for a little travel, there are a number of festivals and events to attend.
The festivals included below are dedicated to hot sauces, spicy foods, or simply celebrating chiles. We intentionally didn't include chili cook-offs as there are far too many that they'd crowd out the more dedicated chile festivals.
If we've missed an event, be sure to let us know. Also, if you're looking for an excuse to enjoy a few chiles with friends at home and have a mini-festival, there are plenty of year-round holidays that can be celebrated anywhere.
Due to COVID-19, many of the 2020 festivals were canceled. While some were reinstated in 2021, many were not – and many have yet to announce plans for 2022 (shown as tbd below). The dates below reflect what has currently been announced for 2022 – or a guess for when it's likely to occur, if reinstated. We'll continue to monitor festival websites and will update this list as new information is made available.
Selection of our favorite accessories for growing, storing, serving, and celebrating peppers