To say that New Mexico likes pepper is a MASSIVE understatement. They LOVE peppers so much, New Mexico is officially the Chile Capital of the World. But El Paso loves peppers too. In fact this year, to get ready for hatch season, there people creating solar powered ways to cook green chile peppers. I don't think I NEED to say why green chile peppers are a staple for New Mexico but, if you want to know why, here's why:

Every year the small town of Hatch, New Mexico holds the Hatch Chile Festival & there's always a great turn out (the only time it DIDN'T happen was in 2020 but that's understandable). But when it DOES happen, you see so many people talk about how good the peppers are, some people even take road trips specifically for New Mexico's peppers.

Since 1971, The Hatch Chile Festival has been an annual tradition in Hatch, New Mexico with THOUSANDS of people attending every year; sometimes between 20,000 to 30,000. 2021 would've been the 50th anniversary but because it was canceled in 2020, that means that this year, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of the Hatch Chile Festival & it's happening during Labor Day Weekend:

  • Friday September 3rd
  • & Saturday September 4th.

A handful of some of the activities include a parade starting at 9am on Saturday, a carnival, plenty of bands playing & of course tons of vendors where you can enjoy all kinds of pepper dishes.

You can find all the information for the 2022 Hatch Chile Festival on their website or Facebook.

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