by Lorraine Payette
Listen up, you chilli chefs and aficionados, it’s going to get hot, hot, HOT! for the Gananoque and District Humane Society’s (GDHS) 3rd annual Chilli Cook-Off and Festival to be held at the Lansdowne Recreation Centre, 1 Jesse Street, on Saturday, February 1.
The Shelter is looking for chilli, chilli and MORE chilli!
“If you have it, we want it,” said Arlene Massey of GDHS. “Hot or mild, extra meaty, vegetarian, exotic – any kind of homemade chilli. We have categories for everyone. And the judges will be the general public, so we really will know who makes the best chilli around.”
The Shelter is also looking for posters and decorations to spice up the hall, all things fun and “south of the border” to add that extra bit of zest. Feel free to come in costume, decorate your space any way you want – fun is the order of the day, and all proceeds will go to help the GDHS.
The fun starts at 3:00 and runs right up through 10:00 pm. Not only will there be a fantastic chilli cook-off featuring favourites old and new, but also a bake sale and silent auction, all to help raise funds for GDHS. Live music by Norbert LePage and fellow local musicians will be available on-site, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for sale. General admission to the festivities is free, while $10 for adults, $7.50 for kids, lets everyone in on the chilli tasting, with all the chillies they want to try plus sides of coleslaw and home made cornbread for a full and satisfying meal as well as a chance to vote for their favourites.
The General Rules of the competition are:
1. Beans may be used in your chilli although must be included in the name… “Chilli with beans”.
2. Chilli is defined as a spicy stew like dish made with meat (optional) and/or beans (optional).
3. Other ingredients may be added such as spices with the exception of nuts, rice and/or pasta.
4. Chilli should be cooked before arriving at the competition. All participants should be checked by 1:00 pm and judging will start at 3:00 pm. Chilli winners will be announced during the evening.
5. Chilli should be kept hot for competition….preferably in electric crock pots.
6. Participants are responsible for cleaning area after event.
7. Please bring enough of your chilli for it to be judged by the community.
8. Have fun!
“We had a fantastic turn out last year,” said Massey. “Some people actually ran out of chilli before the event was over, so it would be a good idea to make a lot. This is a major fundraiser for the Shelter, so we hope to see everyone come out and give it their best shot.”
For more information, entry forms and the chance to register, please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-483-9549.