Pittsboro Pepper Fest: Make it Hot.

Vic Pop loves some attention. A little extra doting, a flirty smile cast in its direction, adoring eyes–Vic Pop eats that business straight up. You know who else appreciates a second glance every now and then? Our friend the pepper.

All colors of the rainbow, loaded with all sorts of good things–vitamins, flavor, heat. Nummie heat. Thank heavens the Abundance Foundation‘s Third Annual Pepper Fest is right around the corner. Like the honoree, this year’s fest is loaded with all sorts of good things; a good ol’ fashioned pepper tasting, 12 chefs from the Piedmont and Triad will prepare dishes for sampling, and Triangle Brewery will be on hand to share their habanero pale ale. Holy Ghost Tent Revival will give us a chance to rock out between bites of sweet and hot pepper goodness, sort of appropriate given Florence Fabricant’s recent spotlight on Ghost Pepper Candies in the NYTimes last week. Good music and spicy pepper candy makes this blog want to shout hallelujah.

Ghost Pepper candies! Watermelon and heat. Brilliant.

Vic Pop doesn’t really need an excuse to fawn over this bizarre little veggie known to make grown men cry, but we are psyched that the event is celebrating the humble pepper as well as local farmer Doug Jones of Piedmont Biofarm. Jones’ efforts around sustainably grown pepper varieties  and seed research in the Piedmont helped earn him the title 2009 “Farmer of the Year” from the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Sooo, yeah. He’s sort of a rock star in the pepper farming world.

Important Pepper Fest Details: Sunday, October 3rd, 4:00pm – 7:00pm; advance tickets $15 per person, available by clicking HERE.

Vic Pop enjoyed a snackie of pan-seared peppers in Guimarães, Portugal, March 2010.

Dainty summer peppers at the Carrboro Farmers Market.

Peregrine Farms kept Vic Pop's shelves full of Padrones and Shisitos this summer (not pictured here).

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