With the unique honor of being the first fest of 2015, Chilifest is a pre-Super Bowl event that takes place on Feb. 1, 2015 at Bedford Middle School in Westport.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing back Chilifest,” said Jim Keenan, event organizer. “We tested Chilifest in the fall of 2011 and despite the freak snow storm we had that October, people came out despite fallen trees and wires. Chili fans are a hearty breed.”
Chilifest will take the place of Chowdafest on Super Bowl Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00pm. This past fall Chowdafest moved to an outdoor venue to accommodate the crowds that have multiplied over the years.
“It’s been a tradition for foodies to come out in throngs to Chowdafest instead of hanging around their home all day to either have friends come over or go out to friend’s homes to watch the Super Bowl that evening. Chowdafest got so big we had to move it outdoors in the fall and we didn’t want to strand thousands of foodies from their tradition so we decided to hold Chilifest in it’s place” Keenan added.
A new ingredient to Chilifest is the inclusion of a local firehouse chili category that features fire departments from Fairfield, Norwalk, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton.
The firehouse chili category is sponsored by Local Kitchen & Beer Bar of Norwalk and Fairfield to remind people to support their local fire department.
The roster of competing restaurants has also been finalized and includes: Black Cat Grille (Redding), Boat Yard BBQ and Grill (Stamford), Bobby Q’s (Westport), Cask Republic (New Haven, Stamford), Chef’s Table (Fairfield), Chilibomb (Fairfield), Geronimo’s (Fairfield, New Haven), Liquid Lunch (Milford, Shelton), Little Pub (Greenwich, Ridgefield, Wilton), Naked Greens (Norwalk, Wilton), Simply Delicious (Norwalk) and Southport Brewing Co. (Branford, Milford, Southport).
Tickets bought online by 1/31 are just $10 adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12. Tickets at the door will be $15. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.Come2Chilifest.com
Chilifest benefits the Turtle Fund which seeks to promote the education of young people in art, music, theater, skilled craft and other creative pursuits in order to create a rich cultural heritage for tomorrow.
Chilifest is proudly sponsored by Aitoro Appliances, The Greens at Cannondale, Local Kitchen & Beer Bar, Stop & Shop, US Foods, Volvo of Westport and WEBE 108. For more information about Chilifest please visit www.Come2Chilifest.com or email Jim Keenan, at [email protected]