Why the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta Is One of the Best Events in the Southwest

The City Different’s culinary scene is truly one of a kind. Southwestern flavors run wild through the classic and innovative dishes served at many restaurants in the area. One of the best ways to savor some of the best food and drink in the area is at the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta. This week-long celebration brings together a myriad of palette pleasers that will show you why our town is so unique!

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What You Need to Know About the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

What Is the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta?

The Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta is a celebration of the city’s most popular native ingredient paired with a collection of wineries from New Mexico and several other states on the West Coast. Local restaurants put on a culinary show using chiles as a staple in a variety of cuisines, ranging from traditional New Mexican to Asian fusion. A panel of guest chefs infuse their flavors and creativity into dishes and wineries host tasting and seminars throughout the weeklong event. There are several tasting events, a golf tournament, a film viewing with food and wine pairing, and guest chef luncheons.

When Is It?

The Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta typically takes place at the end of September. Tickets go on sale for all events in July. We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible, especially for the grand tasting at the gorgeous Santa Fe Opera House. Trust us; you won’t want to miss this incredible festival.  

Where Is It?

This week-long festival takes place at various locations around town. The Santa Fe Convention Center acts as the main base for larger activities with smaller events like the guest chef luncheons taking place at restaurants throughout the heart of the city. The golf tournament typically occurs on the scenic course at Towa Golf Club. The crown jewel of the week is the grand tasting at the Santa Fe Opera House, where the combination of food and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains is second to none. Whether you are a wine enthusiast or looking to explore new cuisines, the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta is a must for guests visiting at this fantastic time in our city.

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