When: Sat., March 12, 1-4 p.m. 2016
Cold weather calls for hearty helpings of comfort food, and the Vermont Chili Festival is sure to deliver. For one mouthwatering afternoon, historic downtown Middlebury transforms into a foodie’s paradise, featuring seemingly endless varieties of the one-pot meal. Top restaurants and caterers from around the state set up shop to offer strollers steaming-hot samples of their spicy provisions. Not just a tasting session, this fiery fest is a culinary competition. Bite by bite, judges and attendees alike taste their way through recipes in the veggie, beef, chicken, game, pork and “kitchen sink” categories to crown the top chef. Live music, parties and street performers are also on the menu at this annual feast of flavors benefiting the Better Middlebury Partnership.
Price: $5-7; free for kids under 8.