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Because of the burning success of past Chile Pepper Fiestas, this year’s annual event at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has doubled in length. Chile-heads will overrun the normally genteel garden for two days, this Saturday and Sunday - Oct. 2-3 - as they celebrate the harvest, culinary uses and cultural significance of these spicy little numbers.

More than 60 chile-inspired acts, representing the worldwide love of the chile pepper, will be on hand, including the off-Broadway Korean percussion troupe "Cookin’"; the 13-piece Haitian dance band, Tabou Combo; and the Delta blues-New Orleans swing trio the Wiyos.

While bug expert Mike Bohne of the Department of Agriculture answers questions about insects that threaten chile peppers and how to protect your spicy crops, chef Roberto Santibanez, of Rosa Mexicano restaurant in Manhattan, will demonstrate how to make "Salsa Mexicanas," and the Tourism Authority of Thailand will host demonstrations of the art of Thai fruit and vegetable carving.

Kids can learn to appreciate the food-that-bites-you-back with chile pepper-inspired crafts, a temporary tattoo parlor and educational workshops just for them.

Not even inclement weather could put a damper on this fiery fiesta which will be held rain or shine, from noon to 5:30 pm on both days. The fiesta is free with garden admission ($5, $3 students and seniors, free children under 16). Enter the garden at Washington Avenue and Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights. For more information, visit www.bbg.org or call (718) 623-7333.


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