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Chili Fest draws 5,000 hungry visitors to downtown Middlebury

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Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY’S ANNUAL CHILI Fest faced some chilly weather Saturday afternoon, but it didn’t stop big crowds from gathering on downtown’s Main Street to sample some of the best chili from around the area. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

MIDDLEBURY — More than 5,000 people flooded closed off Main Street in downtown Middlebury on Saturday, March 8, for the 6th Annual Vermont Chili Fest. Braving cooler than expected temperatures and a brisk wind, residents and visitors to Middlebury enjoyed a variety of chili made from local restaurateurs, businesses and organizations, music, street performers, face painting and an after-event beverage tent with live music from The Grift.

Festivalgoers sampled 35 different chilies from 31 vendors and voted for their favorites in each category. The winners were:

Overall Winners

1st: Middlebury College X-Country Team

2nd: Tourterelle /Misty Knoll

3rd: VT Shade and Blind

Beef Category

1st: Greg’s Meat Market

2nd: Bluebird Tavern BBQ

3rd: Middlebury College

Pork Category

1st: Vermont Shade and Blind

2nd: Swift House Inn/Jessica’s

3rd: Inn at Round Barn Farm

Chicken Category

1st: Tourterelle /Misty Knoll

2nd: Storm Cafe?

3rd: Sama’s/Middlebury Market

Veggie Category

1st: Waybury Inn

2nd: 51 Main

3rd: Tie between Two Brothers and Middlebury College

Kitchen Sink Category

1st: Middlebury College Cross-Country Team

2nd: Cyclewise

3rd: On Tap Bar and Grill

Game Category

1st: Fish Tail Tavern

2nd: Two Brothers Tavern

3rd: Leunig’s Bistro

MORE THAN 5,000 people attended the Chili Fest. In addition to enjoying the hot food, they were also entertained by …

The Vermont Chili Fest is one of the four signature events held annually by Experience Middlebury, which is an initiative of the Better Middlebury Partnership. The other events include Midd Summer Fest, Spooktacular and Very Merry Middlebury. More information about each of the events can be found at experiencemiddlebury.com.

Organizers offered their special thanks to the Chili Fest sponsors: Farrell Distributing, Drop-In Brewery, WhistlePig, Vermont Hard Cider, Efficiency Vermont, Megalight, Brian’s Farm Supply, Discovery Map of Addison County, Purity. Organic, J. P. Carrara & Sons, Resort Guides, Cabot and Jim Murphy Home Inspection Services.

… the Middlebury College pep band and …

… singer-songwriter Jon Gailmore.

Independent photos/Trent Campbell

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