Chile Chili Festival

Chile Chili Festival Set to Bring the Heat in Castle Rock!

It’s all about the chile pepper.  The second annual Chile Chili Festival at the Douglas County Events Center is preparing for an event of a lifetime.  The celebration of the culinary aspects of the chile pepper brings the opportunity for people around Colorado (and beyond) to enjoy some of the finest boutique vendors from around the region.

Milberger Farms, the official chile roaster of the Chile Chili Festival will be showing off its one-of-a-kind chile roaster.  Shane Milberger, along with his son Dalton, are a part of the family-owned and operated organization who will be selling bags and bushels of freshly-roasted hot green chile.  Complimenting his product, one can find Dragon Sauces with a full line of unique hot sauces (some of which have Milberger’s chiles), and Hacienda Maize Fire-Roasted Chile Jammin’ Jellies which offer an amazing depth of sweet and hot and also use Milberger’s chiles.

Jane Butel is the leading international authority on the cuisine of the American Southwest and Regional Mexican cooking and will be coming to the Colorado Chile Chili Festival for a cooking demonstration. Known for her clear, easy to understand recipes and culinary instruction—she has been recognized as the “Best in the US” by and one of the four best Cooking Schools in the World by Bon Appetit magazine. Limited tickets are available ($65) for her Chile Cooking Demonstration, please contact Steve Thompson at 719-369-0623 if you want to attend).

Enhancing the hot roasted chile will be several unique chile vendors with tasty hot sauces, including Sauce Goddess with gluten-free sauces and rubs, as well as Santa Fe Ole, with their delicious green chile sauces.  To cool off your pallet, Sunflower Valley’s gourmet chevre goat milk cheeses (with such varieties as ‘Candied Fire’ (habanero chiles), ‘Roasted Jalapeno’, ‘Creamy Chocolate’, and ‘Palisade’s Peaches & Cream’ will be available.  Also coming back for the second year, with a perfect combination of sweet and hot, NunDunBetter was at the event sampling their delicious mustard sauce.  Rocky Mountain Orchards will also have their delicious line of locally-produced products. And for the cooks in all of us – the Amazing Grater and Wonder Whisk – two must-haves for the chile-chili kitchen.

The fabulous gourmet Denver food trucks will also be back again to tempt our guests with eclectic cuisine that will keep your mouth watering.  Trucks include: Street Eats 5280, Mikes2 Kitchen, Crock Spot, Chef Driven, Sweet ‘Ness Cupcakes, Coaches Scoop, and Local Coffee.  Fine ingredients and attention to depth of flavor will be on each of the menus, including the addition of chile products for the Chile Chili Fest.

That’s Natural! is dedicated to events and projects that do great things for local economies and communities – with this one-of-a-kind event focused on Farm-to-Fork initiatives.  You can find the event on Facebook, updates on the website (, and contact That’s Natural! directly at 719-210-8273 or

Colorado Chile Chili Fest
@ The Douglas County Events Center

500 Fairgrounds Drive  Castle Rock, CO 80104
Saturday September 1st – Labor Day Weekend

Event Coordinator: Steve Thompson, 719-369-0623

That’s Natural! : Tisha Casida, 719-252-1763

10 replies »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s