Hatch Green Chile Fest Returns to Paris

Hatch Chile Fest returns to the Market Square in Paris, Texas, on Saturday August 31, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Roasted chile peppers from New Mexico, mariachi music, kids games, and burger sliders are all part of the festivities.

On that day, vendor Ron Preusse and a few others bring their chile roasters to the market, permeating the whole area with the delicious aroma. Preusse, one of the roasters and event planners, drives out to New Mexico during the week prior to the event to bring back 2,500 pounds of fresh chiles.

A "Hatch chile" refers to varieties of chiles that 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 a.m., Paris Main Street volunteers serve slider-sized chile burgers made with Paris Bakery fresh-made buns. Fresh Hatch chiles top the sliders and are available while supplies last. Donations are accepted.  

"Ron is the go-to person for Hatch chiles," says Cheri Bedford, Paris Farmers Market manager. "He is very familiar with the Southwestern delicacy and want to share this experience with others."     

Entertainment by Mariachi Quetzal, a band from Denton, Texas, adds to the Southwestern-themed day. The band serenades 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 throughout the day include chile-themed items from participating vendor tables and kid’s activities. Farmers market T-shirts are also for sale on this day. For a full schedule check the Market Square Farmers Market -Paris Texas Facebook page.

This event is in its fifth year and continues to grow.

"You can buy canned green chiles 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 see for yourself," Preusse says.

For more information contact  Bedford at (903) 784-9293 or email mainstreet@paristexas.gov.


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