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2013 Ridgefield Chili Festival

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Love chili? Have a favorite chili recipe you are itching to show off? Then come attend or compete in the 2013 Ridgefield Chili Festival on Sunday, April 28, from 2-4 pm at the Ridgefield Community Center (Lounsbury House), 316 Main Street, Ridgefield.  The event is a benefit for the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee.


Alex Harris, coordinator of the event, commented, “This will be Ridgefield’s third annual chili festival, and we expect this year’s event to be our biggest and best yet. We invite all Ridgefield area residents to join us in spicing up a bright April afternoon with a little bit of southwestern flavor.”


The 2013 Chili Festival will feature free tastings of unique gourmet chili specialties by several of Ridgefield’s premier restaurants, including: The Ancient Mariner, Bernard’s Restaurant and Sarah’s Wine Bar, Bissell House, The Cutting Board Café and Catering, Little Pub and Southwest Café.  For fun, recognition and bragging rights, First Selectman Rudy Marconi and other local amateur cooks will offer their own favorite chili specialties in competition.  Attendees will vote on a Public Choice Award for Best Amateur Chili, while a Judges Panel composed of restaurateurs and dignitaries will bestow a Judge’s Panel Award for Best Amateur Chili.


Tickets are $25 per person (children ages 7-12 are $10, age 6 and under are free) available at the door or in advance.  No charge for cook-off entrants.  To enter the competition, purchase advance tickets or get further information please visit www.ridgefielddems.org, email aharris@ridgefielddems.org, or call 203-403-7080.

Dem and Chili Fan April 26, 2013 at 11:26 PM
I like this idea. No, I really like this idea. But unfortunately I won't be going because it's just too expensive. It would cost close to $100 for me to bring my family. I like Dems and I like chili, but I can't afford $100 for my somewhat young children to taste a few spoonfuls of chili. I hope you host an event like this in the future, but I hope you can price it within reach of working families.

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