Datil Pepper Fall Festival
- 3125 Agricultural Center Dr.
- St. Augustine, Florida 32092
- Phone: 904-209-0430
- Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The 13th Annual Datil Pepper Fall Festival is back in St. Augustine to celebrate fall and pay homage to the official plant of St. Johns County, the datil pepper. This year, the event will take place on Saturday, October 3rd (9am-4pm) & Sunday, October 4th (10am-3pm) at St. Johns County Agricultural Center and admission is free for all!
What is a Datil Pepper?
Datil peppers are small, spicy yellow peppers that are highly popular with the people of St. Augustine. The origins of the plant are unclear, but they are now almost exclusively grown year-round in the St. Augustine region of Florida, making datil peppers particularly special to its people. Local chefs use datil peppers to make various spicy dishes, or you can buy delicious datil sauces and jellies at the farmer’s markets around town.
Datil Pepper Cook-Off
The main event of the Datil Pepper Fall Festival is the Datil Pepper Cook-Off between local restaurants, although there are also contests for best hot sauce and best jelly at the festival as well. It costs $1 to sample each restaurant’s datil pepper dishes, and then you can vote for your favorite dish from each category. Restaurants can be selected as a “people’s choice” winner or a winner of the “professionally judged” competition.
There are also plenty of vendors at the Datil Pepper Fall Festival, offering datil peppers in every form you can imagine. Since the plant has a hot, yet tangy and sweet taste, there are truly endless ways to prepare it. Think spicy jelly, barbeque sauce, or even chocolate-covered datils! It’ll all be at the festival. Don’t forget to pick up your very own datil pepper plant to make some unique recipes at home.
All are encouraged to visit the Datil Pepper Fall Festival to enjoy live music, fall weather, and of course the official plant of St. Johns County- the wonderful datil pepper!