If You Like It Hot, Come Taste Bhutanese Peppers at Shanti Farm Celebration

Fri 8/10 @ 5:30-8PM

Immigrants bring all kinds of new experiences to our communities, enriching the culture with their music, handcrafts, food, pastimes and more. And we can only grow from learning about these cultures in our midst.

Akron’s Shanti Community Farms are hosting their second annual community celebration at the Patterson Park Community Center in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood. There the Bhutanese immigrants from Nepal, a community of nearly 6,000 in the akron area, will share one of their culinary treasures — or nightmares, depending on your taste: what are alleged to be the hottest peppers grown in northeast Ohio, which they’ve been cultivating in gardens and on backyard patios in the Akron area, some of them grown from seeds they brought with them to this country.

“Since the Bhutanese are used to growing up eating super spicy foods and entering hot pepper eating contests as part of their modern food culture, we thought what better way to celebrate their culinary tradition than by featuring the Bhutanese signature food item through an eating contest and taste-testing competition at our upcoming summer fundraiser,” explains Shanti Community Farms co-founder Tom Crain.

You can taste some of their spicy cuisine and participate in traditional Bhutanese contests such as hot pepper eating (who thinks the contestants will mostly be young guys?), bamboo splitting and snake gourd dart throwing. There will also be musical performances and information about the Shanti Community Farms programs which are aimed at helping immigrants and refugees integrate into the local community.

Food and contest entries are a $5-$10 suggested donation. VIP Tickets are $20; get them here.

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