Chili chefs will face off Sunday |

Chili chefs will face off Sunday

Sunday's Chili Cook-off in Eagle-Vail benefits the community gardens, which this past summer produced kale, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, strawberries, beans and peas.
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EAGLE-VAIL — On Sunday, the Eagle-Vail Community Garden will host the fourth annual Chili Cook-Off at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion from 4-6 p.m. David Courtney, two-time champion of the event, will return this year with his secret recipe. He will face off with Gil Fancher, the first crowned champion from 2010.

Eagle-Vail Community Garden had a bumper crop kind of year. With 60 individual plots and 12 corporate plots, the garden was abundant this summer. Gardeners grew kale, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, strawberries, beans and peas.

Seeds for Sale

The garden runs on 100 percent volunteer basis — and indeed, that’s who you will see at Sunday’s event. Garden Committee members will have plot renewal forms for the eager gardeners planning for next year. Additionally, there will be seeds for sale for those of you who start your seedlings in the kitchen window when there is still snow on the ground.

Hayride, Campfire and S’mores

Attendees will pay $15 at the door and receive a drink ticket and access to all the chili and fixings. Eagle-Vail will provide the ever-popular tractor pulled hayride, as well as the campfire and s’mores. The first 200 attendees will receive a camping mug, which they can use to taste their chili and then have as a souvenir of the event. Wine and Crazy Mountain beer will be available at the bar for an additional donation. Chili cooks are competing for a family pool pass and various gift certificates to local Eagle Vail businesses.

Questions about the event? Call Jackie Grillo at 412-551-6300. For more information about the Eagle-Vail Community Garden, go to

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