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Chiles & Chocolate

Sweet and spicy fall

November 11, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Entrance is included with paid Garden admission or Membership.


  • Call 480 941.1225 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Chiles & Chocolate Festival is the ideal recipe for a sweet and spicy Fall. Sample and shop your way through the top chile and chocolate vendors Arizona has to offer. Indulge in gourmet chocolates, zesty sauces, fresh fire-roasted chiles and other mouthwatering delights. Listen to catchy musical mixes and enjoy fiery live performances of Latin, Brazilian, and Spanish dance on Boppart Courtyard

All products featured are available for purchase throughout the weekend.



  • DJ Seduce (Miguel Ivery), promoter and owner of the Afro:Baile Records label, will fill the air with hot beats from Latin America and beyond. Throughout each day, he will be joined by dancers performing different types of Latin, Caribbean, and South American dance.

Friday, November 11

  • Cuban Percussionist - Juan Pino will join DJ Seduce to accompany him with live percussion.  Additional dance group TBA.

Saturday, November 12

  • Alma Phoenix Bachata - interactive Bachata & Mambo dance.

Sunday, November 13

  • Axe Brazil - Axe Capoeira, is the oldest of capoeira academies in the USA’ and largest in the world. Axe has continued to summon their ancestral roots of Afro-Brazilian heritage and diaspora while performing and training academies in Capoiera, Afro-Brazilian Dance, Music, and Community. Axe Brazil, just one element of the academy, performs energetic Afro-Brazilian dance styles of the Northeast of Brazil including Frevo, Maculele, Samba de Roda and Coco.


  • Absolutely Delightful
  • Anthony Spices
  • Blazing Deer Salsa Company
  • Botanicals in Clay
  • Carefree Spice Company
  • Cotton Country Jams
  • David Jeffries Kitchen
  • DeCio Pasta
  • Dust
  • Fallen Wood/ Salts from the Earth
  • Goldwater's Foods of Arizona
  • Grandma's Kitchen
  • Herbescent
  • ISS's Magic Mixes
  • Mano Y Metate
  • Moms gone Nuts
  • Muesliikon
  • Nonna's Organic Sauces
  • Nutwhats
  • Paletas Betty
  • Peanut Butter Americano
  • Pickled Perfection
  • SpunLight
  • Stone Grindz
  • Terra Verde Foods
  • The Chocolate Smith
  • The Gelato Spot
  • Wei of Chocolate
  • XO Confections
  • Xocolatl
  • Zak's Chocolate
  • Zen Fusion Tea


A full cash bar will be available from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and will feature two deliciously themed martinis - Chocolate and Spicy Cucumber.

The Fine Print

  • Programming subject to change
  • Festival included with paid Garden admission
  • To Purchase Admission Tickets: Order online at or call 480 941.1225, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily

Fall festivals sponsored by: