Chili Cook-Off set for Oct. 8 on Town Green

By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Sat., Oct. 1, 2011
The 16th annual Chili Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8. File photo by Jennifer Coe. - Contributed Photo

One of the community events everybody looks forward to every year takes place on Saturday, Oct. 8, when the Windsor Chamber of Commerce hosts the 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off. For the seventh year, Lori Hartmann will serve as the Chili Empress for the event. She has been participating as a cook for the past 16 years.

“This year we have changed up how we judge the People's Choice award,” Hartmann said. “Everyone will get one red chip to cast for their favorite chili at a location in front of the Windsor Chamber.”

The event - which was created by the Windsor Center Business Association and later organized by WIN-TV, the local public access channel in town - originally failed, which led to the Chamber of Commerce taking it over.

Chamber Director Jane Garibay said there is a simple reason why the event has grown in popularity over the years. “People love good food, fun booths, and lots of people,” said Garibay.

Right now, more than 30 booths are scheduled to be a part of the cook-off, a similar number to last year. Local businesses and civic groups, as well as individuals, will try to outdo each other again with their creative and different recipes for chili.

Booths will also be judged at the event, Hartmann said. “Just walking around the wildly-decorated booths, all competing for the Best Booth award, is entertaining, she said. “Lots of people also like to dress in costumes,” said Hartmann, adding that the event is always fun for children, as well.

The Lions Club will hold a craft fair during the Chili Cook-Off, a fire safety demonstration will take place, and the Kiwani’s Club will be accepting donations to raise money for their Club Canoe Race.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Windsor Town Green. It is open to the public free of charge. Chili tasting costs $1 per try.

“There is always lot of great chili to try,” said Hartmann. 

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