Hatch Chiles: Get 'Em While They're ... Here!




Hatch Chile Fest returns to the Market Square in Paris, Texas, on Saturday September 1, beginning at 8 a.m. Roasted chile’s from New Mexico, mariachi music, kids games and burger sliders are all part of the festivities.

On that day, vendors Ron Preusse and Mike Head bring their chile roasters to the market, permeating the whole market with the delicious aroma. This year the event hours have been extended to 4 p.m. due to the high traffic volume of customers who have flooded the market in years past. Preusse, one of the roasters and event planners, plans on driving out to New Mexico during the week prior to the event to bring back the 2,500 pounds of fresh chiles. 

A "Hatch chile" refers to varieties chiles are grown in the Hatch Valley, an area stretching north and south along the Rio Grande from Arrey, New Mexico, in the north to Tonuco Mountain to the southeast of Hatch, New Mexico. The flavor is described as lightly pungent similar to an onion, or like garlic with a subtly sweet, spicy, crisp, and smoky taste.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Main Street volunteers will serve slider-sized chile burgers, made with Paris Bakery fresh-made buns. Fresh Hatch chiles will top the sliders and will be available while supplies last. Donations are accepted.  

“Ron and Mike are the go-to people for Hatch chiles,” says Cheri Bedford, Farmers Market manager. “They are very familiar with the southwestern delicacy and want to share this experience with others.”     

Entertainment by Mariachi Quetzal, a band from Denton, Texas will add to the Southwestern-themed day. The band will serenade patrons from 10 a.m. to noon. Quetzal has played at various venues in the Dallas/Ft Worth  area such as The Kessler Theater, The Granada Theater, Dan's Silverleaf, The Murchison Performing Arts Center, and The Meyerson Symphony Center. Mariachi Quetzal has won a Dallas Observer Music Award for best Latin group.

Other events thoughout the day include chile themed items from participating vendor tables and kid’s activities. Farmers Market T-shirts will also be for sale on this day. For a full schedule check, the Market Square Farmers Market Facebook page.

This event is in its fourth year and has continued to grow every year , and organizers are looking for ways to expand the festival to include other opportunities next year.  “You can buy canned green chile, but you can't buy the smell of the fresh chile roasting, the feel of the charred skin or enjoy the incredible taste of a fresh roasted Hatch Green Chile unless you come to see for yourself,” says Preusse.

For more information or to volunteer for the event, contact  Bedford at (903) 784-9293 or email mainstreet@paristexas.gov.

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