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Chilifest to Warm Up Westport Next Month

12 Local Restaurants & 5 Fire Departments Compete

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Westport, CT | Added on January 05, 2015 At 12:23 PM

For years, Chowdafest gave foodies something to do on Super Bowl Sunday. But this year, chili is taking the field with the return of Chilifest in Westport. 

"It's a giant tailgate party. Everyone shows up in their jerseys and with their eye black on. We're going to have the Sacred Heart Band here so it's a really good way to get people excited before the game," said event coordinator Jim Keenan.

12 restaurants from across Fairfield County will compete in two categories - classic beef & creative chili.

"It's probably the perfect meal. You have everything you want in it; the meat, the beans, the tomatoes and the spices. It's hearty," said Mark DaSilva, Head Brewer & Owner of Southport Brewing Company, one of the restaurants competing this year.

For the first time, 6 local fire departments will be competing in a separate "Firehouse" chili competition. Fire Departments from Fairfield, Norwalk, Trumbull. Weston, Westport & Wilton will all compete to take the top "Firehouse" chili spot.

Chilifest 2015 also benefits the Turtle Fund, which seeks to promote the education of young people in art, music, theater, skilled craft and other creative pursuits.

Chilifest will take place on Sunday, February 1st at Bedford Middle School in Westport from 11 am to 3 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. For more information and to buy tickets online, visit www.Come2Chilifest.com.


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