Ahhh August in Texas. It’s somewhere around 102 and all you can think about is jumping into the pool, standing in front of  the air-conditioning vent, sipping ice-cold beverages and slurping hot and spicy chili — uh, wait, which one of those does not belong?  Unfortunately, the famous chiles from Hatch, New Mexico don’t care about weather/ food compatibility here in Tejas. They only grow a few weeks out of the years and that happens to be in August. So the annual Hatch Chile Festival at Central Market also falls in August.    From CM:

We will kick off our Annual Hatch Chile Festival on Wednesday, August 18, when we fire up the black, authentic chile roasters. The festival is a salute to the seasonal return of the world-famous peppers, fresh from Hatch, New Mexico that are harvested for only a few weeks out of the year, aren’t grown anywhere else in the world, and connoisseurs consider them some of the finest.

What’s hatching this year?

More than 250,000 peppers delivered to Central Market each year – that’s more than any other retailer in the country.

The 4th Annual No-Holds-Barred Hatch Chile Recipe Contest kicking off online August 6. We’re whetting those appetites for the little green pepper that can.  Creativity counts and recipe entries this year earn the entrant a downloadable $5 off $25 purchase coupon they can print and redeem during the Hatch Festival through August 31.

Don’t cook? Eat and JUDGE! Enter online to be a Hatch recipe contest judge this year.

Hatch happenings in the Central Market Cooking School, from classes like Couples Night Out: Happy for Hatch and the Hatch Quick Fire Challenge with Chef Bruno Davaillon from the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek & Chef Patrick Tarantino, CM Executive Chef, Dallas.

In-store cooking demonstrations and Hatch-inspired food samplings.

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