Chile festival in Pueblo, Colo.
Pueblo, Colo., hypes its own piquant pepper crop with a three-day festival that also showcases the city
It’s not much of a secret — at least in New Mexico — that the Hatch Valley lays claim to being the home to the finest chile peppers.
But the Pueblo, Colo. area has been trying for some time to make inroads on that claim and even celebrates its own fiery pepper with a harvest festival similar to the Hatch Chile Festival.
Pueblo’s Chile & Frijoles Festival (festival.pueblochamber.org) on Sept. 22-24 is a three-day homage to pinto beans and spicy peppers with nonstop entertainment in the city’s downtown district.
A farmer’s market, salsa showdown and jalpeño eating contest are some of the events on tap throughout the weekend for folks who want to judge the neighbor’s chile versus the local variety.
There is far more to Pueblo, however, than chile and frijoles.
The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (puebloriverwalk.org) covers 32 acres along the waterfront for a unique urban experience.
Tour boats drift lazily down the expanse as guides describe the history of the city, said Margaret Ward Masias, executive director of the Pueblo Downtown Association.
“And they also have gondolas for two people if you’d like something a little more romantic,” she said.
The Riverwalk itself is home to numerous displays of public art, ranging from Zebulon Pike eyeing the Front Range through a telescope to various birds and animals in lifelike poses.
Numerous restaurants are also within easy access of the Riverwalk.
Another interesting way to learn a bit about the history of the city is a visit to the Antoine Predock-designed Rawlings Library, which houses the Info Zone News Museum (pueblolibrary.org/