Saturday, March 19, 2011
Last weekend was the Middlebury Winter Carnival and Chili Festival. This was the third annual event which has gained Vermont State wide recognition. It has been picked as one of the top 10 winter events in the Green Mountain state by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. With the opening of the new Cross Street bridge the organizers were able to shut down Main Street for only pedestrian use. The crowd was estimated to be well over 3,00 people. The big event, the Chili Cook Off had 53 participants with almost 80 different chili entrees. Now that is a bunch of tums. Most entrants were restaurants with some coming down from Burlington. Attendees sampled the chilies and voted for the best. Our Chef Rob's entry of a venison chili gave Jessica's at Swift House Inn recognition as the best game chili. More exciting was it was picked 3rd in show or the third best chili out of 80. Stop buy and sample the chili as it will be on the menu!