Chiles, Chocolate and Day of the Dead! 2017-10-04T11:43:26+00:00

2017 Chiles & Chocolate & Day of the Dead!

Friday & Saturday, October 27 & 28 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Tickets available NOW at the bottom of the page! SCROLL DOWN


Our 2017 homage to the cult of the fiery chile—and decadent chocolate—also celebrates another enduring tradition of the borderlands, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a time we remember and honor those who have gone before. Throughout the grounds, vendors feature chile and Day of the Dead inspired crafts and chile and chocolate culinary delights. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, chile roasters, musical entertainment, local artists, sales of ornamental and edible chile plants, free Day of the Dead-themed face painting and children’s activities.

Activities Include:

Chile and Day of the Dead-inspired crafts:

Musical entertainment by:

  • Rebecca Foreman Harpist – Friday 10am-12pm
  • Entre Peruanos – Friday 2-4pm
  • Jovert Steel Drum Band– Saturday 10am-12pm
  • Rafael Moreno Quartet– Saturday 2-4pm
  • Michael Salerno – Friday and Saturday 12-2pm

Artist-inspired Day of the Dead altars by local artists and schools including

Chile and chocolate enhanced culinary delights:

Cooking demonstrations by the chefs of the Garden Bistro

Chile and chocolate beers and wines at the Bistro Bar

Community altar inviting participants to leave recuerdos (remembrances) of lost loved ones



Chiles, Chocolate, & Chemistry Dinner – Tickets Coming Soon!

Friday October 27  | 5:30 p.m. | Garden Bistro | $75 per person (all inclusive)

Snag your spot at the second of the 3-part distance dinner series, Grange within Range, featuring only local foods sourced within 100, 75, & 50 miles. This dinner features chiles and chocolate flavor profiles all from local purveyors in a 75-mile radius.

This 5-course dinner, includes cocktail pairings, kicks off at 5:30 with a cocktail hour in the Ethnobotanical Garden and follows with a 6:30 p.m. dinner. Seating is limited, so snag your spot today and purchase tickets.

Full Menu:

Cocktail Hour:
Goat Cheese Marshmallow | Dark Chocolate Dust | Gournay Cheez-It
Buckaloo Corn + Oddballz Farms Chicken Rolled Taco | Lemon Basil Cremoso
I’itoi Confit | San Xavier Cholla Tea | Torn Pepita Bread

Pumpkin & Dumplings – Local Potato Chochoyotes | Grilled Buckaloo Farms Pumpkin | White Sage & Chocolate |Pistachio Brown Butter
Fire Braised Pork Belly – Walking J Pork Belly | Ramona Farms Tepary Bean | Ancho Broth + Aromatics Dried Corn Vinaigrette
Braised Beef + Hand Rolled Noodles – Coco Rubbed Beef Cheek | Cascabel Fideo | Heirloom Tomato | Carrot Soubise
Nitro Sorbet & Juice – Prickly Pear & Pasilla Negra Cryosphere | Sweet Basil + Dried Market Apple | Local Raisin Syrup

Featuring Local Purveyors:
San Xavier Co-Op Farm | Ramona Farms | Buckelew Farms | Oddballz Farms | Three Wells Distilling | Whiskey del Bac




Sponsored by:

The Town of Oro Valley, La Posada and Nakoma Sky, R & A CPAs, Splendido, the Desert Leaf, and Edible Baja Arizona!


776 available
General Public - Chiles & Chocolate$15.00General Public and Guests of Members
777 available
Tohono Chul Members - Chiles & Chocolate$5.00Members of Tohono Chul

Please fill in all required fields