This Weekend: Ithaca’s Chili Cook-Off

13 Feb

The Chili Cook-Off is my favorite event in Ithaca.  I look forward to it all year long.  Ithaca actually may have won my heart because of this February festival.

Located downtown on the historic Commons, the festival fills the red brick street with competitors, tasters, and activities.  An atmosphere of fun and the smell of delicious chili fill the air.

This year the Chili Cook-Off celebrates their 15th Anniversary with the theme “Giving Back.”

According to their website, The United Way has received a matching grant up to $20,000 for all donations received during the event.

Another of my favorites-the cornbread.  Proceeds benefit Healthy Food for All via a program called Cornbread for Kids.

Each year the offerings at the cook-off change.  Visit the official Chili Cook-Off page for more details.  All activities may not be listed.  No sign of the mechanical bull on the list but I have my fingers crossed.

The festival is Saturday on the Commons, with Sunday designated as a rain date.  It may be cold, so bundle up and wear your Mardi Gras beads if you have them.  I’ll be wearing mine!

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