Check out Chilifest

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Looking to enjoy the bounty of the season this month?  Tim Wilcox from The Kitchen Garden Farm showed us how to make Habanero Peach Salsa and told us about the event.

Chilifest 2014
Sat. & Sun. Sept. 13 & 14
Noon to 5:00pm
Mike’s Maze, Sunderland


Dozens of exotic chilies from around the world, grown right here on our farm in Sunderland.

Our famous spicy tacos, Brass Buckle‘s award-winning chili, Laughing Tomato wood fired pizza, plus Bart’s Homemade is bringing a special batch of chocolate cherry bomb ice cream made with our cherry bomb peppers!

Local-ingredient beers from Valley-grown grain, malt and hops from High Horse BrewingAbandoned Building Brewery and Brewmaster Jack.

Cast a vote for your favorite chili at the cook-off on Saturday and choose your favorite hot sauce at the competition on Sunday. There’s still time to enter both events if you have a killer recipe! Rules on how to enter are here.


Saturday’s lineup:
12:00 Eli Catlin
1:15 And the Kids
2:30 Appalachian Still
3:45 Carinae
Sunday’s lineup:
12:00 Suitcase Junket
1:15 Lonesome Brothers
2:30 Dire Honeys
3:45 Rusty Belle


New spicy recipes from some of the area’s best chefs at the cooking demo tent. On Saturday we’ll have Neil Rogers from Volturno, Jim Zaccara from Hope & Olive making spicy cocktails, and JD Hairston from theBrass Buckle. On Sunday Terry Ragasa from Sutter Meats will show how to make spicy sausage, then see Unmi Abken from Coco, and David Schrier from the The Alvah Stone.


Our Kitchen Garden Sriracha is back and soon you’ll also be able to find it at stores like River Valley Market, Greenfields Market, and the Atlas Farm Store! We’re also making our popular roasted chili salsa, tomatillo salsa and introducing a new peach-habanero salsa available only at Chilifest.

We’ll have lots of activities for kids including the Chili Man pinata, temporary chili and veggie tattoos, screen printing your own Chilifest t-shirt and fun farmy games!

Amazing local artists from the Artisans of Western Mass will have beautiful art and crafts for sale and we’re planning an artist demonstration each day.

Habanero Peach Salsa
2 tomatoes (yellow and/or red, peeled and diced)
4 ripe peaches (peeled, pitted and diced)
1/4 cup cilantro, stemmed and chopped
1/4 sweet onion (diced, about 1/4 cup)
2 tsp lime juice
1/2 habanero (minced, to taste)
salt (to taste)

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