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Datil Pepper Fall Festival

October 7 - October 8

Please join us for the 10th Annual Datil Pepper Fall Festival the first weekend of October to celebrate St. Johns County’s official plant, the Datil Pepper! Entrance and parking at the festival is free.

The festival will be held on October 7-8, at the UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092, from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday, and 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday.

A variety of vendors, both inside and outside, will showcase their unique items for sale. There will also be the always popular Master Gardener plant sale, as well as tours of the arboretum and community gardens, conducted by our Master Gardeners, throughout the weekend festivities.

The festival’s famous Datil Pepper Restaurant Cook-off will be held on Saturday only, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Local chefs will offer samples of their Datil-inspired cuisine. You will be able to purchase taste tickets for $1 per ticket. Each ticket will give you an opportunity to sample one of the dishes and vote for your favorite in each category (appetizer and entree). Ticket sales for the cook-off begin at 11:00 am and sell out quickly, so get here early to secure yours!

There will also be an Amatuer Datil Pepper Hotsauce Contest!