Chile Pepper Fiesta at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Heat-seeking capsaicin lovers won’t want to miss this fiery festival. Tour the pepper plants in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Herb Garden and ignite your palate with gratis tasting samples, including hot sauces, chili-infused chocolates (from the likes of Jomart Chocolates and Nunu Chocolates) and salsas from more than 40 local vendors. While you nibble, watch performances by NOLA funk and hip-hop outfit Stooges Brass Band, indie salsa band Bio Ritmo, the Afro-Brazilian Dendê Macêdo & Band and Dance China NY. If you want to experiment with the incendiary veggie on your own time, stop by the Chile Pepper Farm Stand, which will feature goods from local purveyors such as East New York Farms.