Chiles and Chocolate Festival 2013 at Desert Botanical Garden

The 13th annual Chiles and Chocolate Festival at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix tempted visitors' tastebuds with sweet and spicy flavors from local vendors. Guests could satisfy their sweet or spicy cravings with the samples or meals offered. Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events was on hand to deliver savory mole dishes, green chile pork, and roasted green chiles. Guests who favored a sweeter taste had plenty of vendors to choose from, from the bite-sized treats of Arcadia Cupcake to the European flavors of It's a Divine Bakery from Cave Creek. Festival goers were also able to walk along the Desert Botanical Garden's trails to explore beautifully maintained gardens of native plants mixed with the outdoor glass sculptures of the Chihuly glass art exhibit.

Photos by Tina Riddle

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