Vermont Chili Festival celebrates countdown to spring

Visitors and performers enjoy the Sixth Annual Vermont Chili Festival March 8.

Visitors and performers enjoy the Sixth Annual Vermont Chili Festival March 8. Photo by Louis Varricchio.

— The Better Middlebury Partnership pulled off another hat trick last weekend with its Sixth Annual Vermont Chili Festival. The big downtown event, held March 8, kicked off at 1 p.m. and was named one of the Top 10 Winter Events for the past five years by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Over 5.000 people attended last year’s festivities with even more expected to turn out this year for the headlining event: a chili contest, taking place on the closed-off Main Street. The downtown will be overflowing with chili from over 50 restaurants, caterers and amateurs from around the region.

While the Eagle went to press when winners announced, the public picked their favorite chili’s, and winners. Last year’s winners included, Indulge Salon, Black Sheep Bistro, Touterelle’s/Misty Knoll, Sweet Marie’s.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event benefited Better Middlebury Partnership and Vermont Feed.

The Grift, a popular local band often headlining Two Brothers Tavern, played in the beverage tent!

The 2014 festival was sponsored by Farrell Distributing, Drop-In Brewery, Whistle Pig, Vermont Hard Cider, Brian’s Farm Supply, Middlebury Maps, Vermont Coffee Company, Purity. Organic, Carrara, Resort Guides, Cabot, Jim Murphy Home Inspection Services, Middlebury College and Town of Middlebury.

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