9th Annual Pepper Festival

  • 1342 Briar Chapel Parkway Chapel Hill, NC, 27516 United States

The 9th Annual Pepper Festival, one of the largest chef competitions in North Carolina, brings the heat with a new line up of spicy dishes and brews, family activities, a fashion show and sizzlin’ live music!


Join us on October 2, 2-7 p.m., as chefs compete with one-of-a-kind recipes, featuring the locally bred and grown North Carolina pepper. From pepper chocolate to pepper vodka, you’ll see a dizzying array of dishes from culinary stars like The Fearrington, TOPO, Harvest 18, Centro, Saint Jacques and Tribeca Tavern along with bodacious brews from the likes of Fullsteam, Carolina Brewery, Fortnight, Steel String, Four Saints, Crude Bitters, Mystic and more.

Eat your fill while enjoying the musical line up of rock to bluegrass with Rinaldi Flying Circus, Front Country and Mysti Mayhem. Families can explore workshops, face-painting, bubble art and storytelling journeys at the Kids’ Pepperpalooza. 

And new this year:
- Spicy Kid Chef Competition (3:30 p.m.): Watch as six top chefs and their “pepper proteges” face off to win the Pint-Sized Pepper Queen or King title.
- Hot Glam Fashion Show (2-3 p.m.): Talk about “haute couture!” Redress Raleigh and Abundance NC partner to show local artists’ spiciest, eco-friendly fashion designs!

Proceeds benefit Abundance NC, a nonprofit that supports sustainable food, fuels and more than 200 farmers across the state. 

Event time: Sunday, October 2, 3-7 p.m. (Fashion Show 2-3 p.m. Food and beverage available starting at 3 p.m. Kid Chef Competition at 3:30 p.m.)
Event location: Briar Chapel, Great Meadow Park, Chapel Hill, NC
For your GPS, enter: Margaret B. Pollard Middle School
185 Granite Mill Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. PepperFest is just up the hill from Margaret Pollard Middle School on Great Ridge Pkwy. Then watch for signs and people directing traffic!