Can’t get enough of the summer heat? Central Market is about to throw the “hottest” food festival in August. The 21st annual Hatch Chile Festival celebrates the Hatch pepper.

What Central Market calls a “perfect pepper,” the Hatch has a distinctive figure and a totally unique flavor, and is only increasing in popularity. The two-week festival, held at all Central Market locations, follows the annual harvest each August in Hatch, New Mexico. As for what’s in store at the festival, Central Market is trucking in more than 125 tons of Hatch peppers to various store locations, weather permitting.

Central Market will offer Hatch-infused entrees, appetizers—and even desserts.

New hatch items include but aren’t limited to:

  • Stuffed Hatch Brisket and Cheddar Burger
  • Hatch Bacon-wrapped Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
  • Hatch Lime Pound Cake
  • Hatch Pozole
  • Absinthe and Hatch Chile Salami

Central Market Cooking Schools will teach guests how to roast and bake with Hatch peppers and recommend wine pairings.

  • Dallas | Hands-on Class: Hatch Southwest Fish Fry | August 12, 6:30 p.m. | $60 per person
  • Fort Worth | Couples Cook: Lobster with Hatch | August 20 5:30–8:30 p.m. | $150 per couple
  • Plano | Hands-on Class: A Hatch Bakery | August 15, 6:30–9:30 p.m. | $65 per person
  • Southlake | Featured Chef Class: Chef Quinones will present Hatch Chiles Paired with Gruet Sparkling Wines | August 14, 5–7 p.m. | $70 per person
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Hatch Chile Festival

When: Wednesday, August 10-Tuesday, August 23

Where: Central Market-Plano | 320 Coit Rd. Plano, TX 75075

  • Central Market-Fort Worth | 4651 West Fwy. Fort Worth, TX 76107
  • Central Market-Lovers Lane | 5759 E. Lovers Ln. Dallas, TX 75206
  • Central Market-Preston Royal | 10720 Preston Rd. Dallas, TX 75230
  • Central Market-Southlake | 1425 E. Southlake Blvd. Southlake, TX 76092