Chuy's 27th annual Green Chile Festival will kick off Monday, August 17 and run thru Sunday, September 6 at Chuy's Lexington, 3841 Nicholasville Centre Drive.

Chuy's puts the green chile center stage this year by capturing a "music festival" theme with a spirit of celebration and discovery.

This annual food festival celebrates the green chile harvest in Hatch, New Mexico with a special menu offered for a limited three week period.

This year's menu features six new dishes including Green Chile Pork Tamales, Bacon Wrapped Pork Rellenos and Veggie Fajitas.

To cool down on a hot festival day Chuy's will also feature a Frozen Watermelon Margarita and a Spicy Cucumber Texas Martini.

The popular New Mexican Martini, made with green chile infused tequila, is always a festival favorite.

Chuy's love for the green chile dates back to 1989 when their founders traveled to the "Chile Capital of the World" in search of the perfect pepper to complement their authentic Tex-Mex.

The arid climate and rich soil of the Hatch Valley in New Mexico are uniquely suited to grow this legendary pepper and are not found anywhere else in the world.

As the first to host a green chile festival outside of New Mexico, Chuy's commitment to offering the most flavorful pepper on the planet continues today.

This year alone Chuy's contracted with farmers to grow over 2 million pounds of the freshest green chiles just for their restaurants.

When the chiles reach their height of flavor in August, Chuy's will send a team of restaurant managers to the Hatch Valley to bring back the finest, fresh-picked chiles for the festival.