It’s Chili Out There!

The North Conway Village Chilly Chii Cookoff

Even though we associate chili with Texas, there’s not much in this world more warming and filling than a bowl of spicy hot chili on a snowy day, even if that snowy day is in the North Conway Village, nestled in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Every March, the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Chilly Chili Cookoff, giving late-season skiers, maple sugarers and tax-free shoppers a great way to warm up and fill up as they explore the village.

Once you have your ticket, take your Chilly Chili Cookoff passport and make your way around the village to 30 different competitors, samping chili in this International Chili Society-sanctioned regional cookoff. The ICS competitors int he ICS Chefs Competition are cooking at the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. The teams competing for the People’s Choice Award are in the
North Conway Community Center and throughout the village. With so many different chilis, there will be tremendous variety to work through — red, green, meat, vegetarian — and all levels of spice from the subtle to red hot!

“The competition can get intense…”

The competition can get intense as hot chili peppers, since the winner will qualify to compete in the Last Chance Cookoff at the International Chili Society’s annual championship event will be held at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs. The International Chili Society (ICS) organizes chili cook-offs as fundraisers. Its annual cook-offs are on a grand scale, with regional qualifying events that attract tens of thousands of participants. The ICS has raised millions of dollars for charity while still awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars to winners.

Various activities will be going on in addition to the tastings. Shops and restaurants will be offering special discounts on products as well as chili themed treats, crazy hat making contests, Tuckerman Beer Tastings and more.

For more information, visit the Mt. Washington Valley website

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for those 12 and under and free for those 5 and under.

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