Tucson: 10th Annual Roasted Chile Festival – September 17by Karyn Zoldan on Sep. 12, 2011, under Desert Locavore, Farmers Markets, Food Festivals
10th Annual Roasted Chile Festival-September 17, 2011
9 am to 3 pm at Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market
The Rincon Institute invites all to the 10th Annual Roasted Chile Festival at the Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market in Tucson. Savor fresh roasted Arizona grown green chilies, chile ristras, locally grown pesticide-free and organic fresh produce and fruit, artisans, great food, activities and games for kids, live music and a beer garden.
The Cienega High School Band will perform from 9 to 10 am and John Grant & the Guilty Bystanders will perform from 10 am to 2 pm.
The annual Roasted Chile Festival has attracted up to 2,000 people who enjoy live music while supporting our diverse artisans and farmers. Purchase green chilies grown locally here in Arizona including hatch and poblano chilies. Vendors offer goods ranging from handmade quilts, aprons, handmade soap, handcrafted home décor, and fine furniture.
All funds from the beer garden and raffle will go to supporting the Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market. The 10th Annual Roasted Chile Festival is sponsored by Coyote Creek and the Solar Store. Citi will be providing volunteers to help with the event.
On display will be a large scale 3-D model of the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine commissioned by Pima County Administrator’s Office as a way to educate the public about what the mine will look like if the U.S. Forest Service approves it. The display will be in the former “Wild Desert Nursery” office (behind the Barn) during the Chile Festival. The model, approved by Coronado National Forest staff, shows the mine’s open pit, which would go more than a half-mile deep, and its tailings and waste rock, covering more than 2,800 acres.
The Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market is located in the scenic Rincon Valley between Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District and Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Check it out and enjoy the beautiful Rincon Valley. The event is located about four miles east of the entrance to Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District along Old Spanish Trail and two miles west of Camino Loma Alta in and around the big historic green and white barn. Visit the website or call (520)591-BARN (2276) for more information. Remember to support your local farmers and artisans by shopping the Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market every Saturday.
The market is a project of the Rincon Institute which is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting the natural resources of the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park, the Rincon Valley and the Cienega Corridor. Visit the website for more information.