North Conway’s 14th Annual Chili Cookoff has been moved from its traditional February/March date to April as the foodie event to lead the Mt. Washington Valley into spring. This year, the cook-off will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017. The non-professional chef competition will take place at the North Conway Community Center, while the professional chefs will faceoff at the Gibson Center for Senior Living.
Also new this year – The Feelin’ Good 5K. This event is organized by the White Mountain Milers and will kick off the Chili Cookoff event at 9:30am. This friendly 5K race or walk is set to run through the North Conway Village starting and finishing in Schouler Park. Registration for the Feelin’ Good 5k can be found at www.RunReg.com and is $35 which includes entry into the chili cookoff for the participating runner. Additional chili cookoff entry tickets for friends and family may be purchased at the pre-race registration table from 8:00am-9:30am.
Participating businesses, the Red Hot Stops in the village, will be offering a variety of promotions such as discounts and tastings. Also, stop by the Mt. Washington Chamber of Commerece building, (right next door to the Gibson Center), to check out the Spring Artisan Fair that will be held on the first floor.
All professional chef chili entries will be judged by members from the American Culinary Federation White Mountain Chapter, headed by Bryant Alden, Chef from the Wildcat Tavern in Jackson. Awards for Best Chili will be given to the top 3 contenders. Professional and non-professional chefs will also have the chance to earn the People’s Choice Award for Best Chili, as determined by all tasters who attend the tour.
Tickets to attend the Chili Cookoff are on sale now through the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at www.northconwaychilicookoff.com or at the door the day of the event. Those who bring an item from the 68 Hours of Hunger shopping list will receive $1 off the adult ticket price of $15.00. Children 12 and under are $7, 3 and under are free when accompanying a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased in advance here. (Payment may be made by check or credit card).
Chef registration is also available online. Chefs interested in participating click here >
Tickets purchased must be traded at the event for a wristband, allowing entry to the chili tables for sampling and promotions throughout the village.
After the competition join the fun at Abenaki Trail Restaurant and Pub. The public is welcome to attend the Chili Cookoff Awards Ceremony at 4pm, enjoy delicious appetizers and entertainment by the Riley Parkhurst Project. A cash bar will be available.
It’s Food and Fun all day long!