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When is the Hatch Chile Festival?

The Hatch Chile Festival

The Hatch Chile Festival, event of legend among chile aficionados the world over and just one part of why hatch chile is considered the very best of what our wonderful state has to offer. Though other types of New Mexican grown chile such as chimayo are know by many New Mexicans, its “Hatch” that has become a household name outside of our state. The festival is arguably the most important two to three days of the year in our tiny town and has contributed to the success of “Hatch Chile” outside of the state. After all, its why we’re the chile capital of the world! Similar to our post answering the question “when is hatch chile season“, this post is supposed to answer another common question we hear here at The Hatch Chile Store. That question is “when is the hatch chile festival?” (obviously) and we’ll answer it below 🙂

Hatch Chile Festival Grounds
The festival grounds
Traffic at the Hatch Chile Festival
Cars lining up for the festival
Chile Festival Queen 2010
Chile Festival Queen 2010

So, just when is the hatch chile festival? The festival is held every Labor Day weekend out at the Hatch Municipal Airport. The airport is located a mile or so out of town on NM Highway 26 (the road from Hatch to Deming). Although the airport and our town aren’t the most glamorous settings for an international event, the chile makes it worth attending. I’d compare our town to that hole in the wall restaurant that has food so good you keep coming back. It may not be well lit, it may not be in a beautiful building, but the food is so damn good you just don’t care!

Down the "Hatch" goes a chile!
Down the “Hatch” goes a chile!

 

If you’d like more information about the festival, head to the official hatch chile festival website and take a look at the informational pages they’ve published. You can also become a sponsor of the festival and see some beautiful photographs of the festival at their “festival scenes” page. The festival has traditionally been managed by a committee of locals but starting in 2014 it will be primarily managed by a commercial vendor from Albuquerque. Why? Well, unfortunately the local folks who’ve always managed the festival have day jobs that are getting in the way of managing the chile festival. Though I can’t blame them, its sad to see the festival be taken over by a non-local. Hopefully, the festival goes off without a hitch and more locals will get involved again in the future!

Hatch Chile Eating Contest!
Hatch Chile Eating Contest!

 

I hope I’ve answered the question that likely brought you here (being when is the hatch chile festival) and provided you with a little background about what makes the festival special. If you have further questions, feel free to ask them in the comments or shoot us an email at admin@hatch-green-chile.com. We typically respond to email very quickly so don’t be shy!

Sunset after the festival :)
Sunset after the festival 🙂

7 thoughts on “When is the Hatch Chile Festival?

  1. I was so excited to see the preview of this years crop. I was inspired to make this dish: http://bit.ly/1j2hiE4 Can’t wait for the season!

    1. As a official Chile Festival committee member, I am a local resident of Hatch. The people who the Hatch Chile Festival committee hired to run the 2014 festival help a little bit with the 2013 festival. They did a tremendous job last year, so this year we “The Committee” decided to hire them to do this years festival. These ladies are so excited to put on a great festival ,to preserve the Hatch name and bring back to the community what we all remember the festival to be like we were children. Don’t cut them short. This is going to be a great festival and we invite everyone to come out and enjoy what our town has to offer. We welcome all the help we get weather it is from our locals or out of town. If it wasn’t for the wonderful people of the WORLD, who love to eat the MOST BEST TASTING CHILE, this town wouldn’t have gotten the name “HATCH CHILE CAPITOL OF THE WORLD.”

      1. Katie,

        I wouldn’t say anyone is being cut short. It’s just too bad that it’s not a purely locally run festival anymore 😉 we also appreciate the fact that you’re one of our locals who work a real job and still help run the festival. No one is in any way being discouraged from continuing to attend the festival and we hope it’s a great success this year and every year going forward.

  2. Labor Day weekend??? Saturday/Sunday/Monday—Sunday/Monday?

    Thank you

  3. Last time we went to the festival (2012), we all sunburned. You would think someone would sponsor a big tent ( or several spread out around the grounds) with chairs and tables just so folks could get out of the sun and hydrate a bit. The barn was packed full and too many events going on at once. There was no place to sit for a bit. Water was pricey! The dust… and not really enough things going on to call it a “festival” We tried two years in a row… 🙁

  4. Do you have any pages to use on Pinterest lots of people don’t realize they can have the green chilie mailed to them and do they mail to other countries lots of service men who have lived or raised here at one time or another would enjoy this and their families stationed all over ? Thank you !

    1. You’ll find us on pinterest here -> https://www.pinterest.com/hatchgreenchile/

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