Eagle-Vail Chili Cook-Off set for Sunday
If you go ...What: Eagle-Vail Chili Cook-Off.When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.Where: Eagle-Vail Pavilion.Cost: $10 (with your own bowl and spoon) $12 with no utensils. $5 for children, free for kids under 5. Entry fee gets you all-you-can taste chili, one drink ticket. No credit cards.More information: Live music, $2 beer/$3 wine, bonfire and s’mores, jumpy castle, and more.
EAGLE-VAIL — The third annual Eagle-Vail Chili Cook-Off takes place Sunday afternoon at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. The event benefits the Eagle-Vail Community Garden.
“It’s a really fun event, with a real competitive spirit,” said Cassie Pence, the community garden’s outgoing president.
Jennie Iverson, the local author of “The Ski Town Soups” cookbook will attend the event. She will be selling copies of the cookbook for $29.95 and $10 of the sale will go to support the community garden.
“I look forward to sampling types of chili that run the gamut of tastes, as well as those that always spark the debate of whether an ‘authentic’ chili allows beans or not,” Iverson said.
She will write an article for next week’s High Life section about the event that will include some “appetizing and robust chili recipes,” she said.
Expect all kinds of chili, from vegetarian options to meat chilis and green chiles at the event, Pence said.
“People have their own flair,” Pence said. “Some will make their own special cornbread or bring special toppings.”
Pence herself is more of a baker, and she’ll be baking cookies for the cookie table, where people can trade a donation for a cookie.
It’s free to enter and the winner of the event receives a 2014 Eagle-Vail Family Pool Pass, second place wins a $75 gift card to Loaded Joe’s and third place nabs a coveted garden plot. It’s people’s choice and each entry free gets you a vote and a free drink ticket. You can also purchase more votes for a $1 each and raise extra funds for the garden. Beer and wine will be sold for $2 and $3 respectively.
The event is $10 if you bring your own bowl and spoon and $12 if you don’t.
“We’re trying to reduce the amount of trash we create, so we’re giving people a discount on the entry fee if they bring their own,” Pence said.
Along with the food, there will be hay rides and a bouncy castle for the kids, a bonfire with s’mores and live music.
“It’s a real family affair,” Pence said.
The annual Eagle-Vail Chili Cook-Off is the garden’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year the event raised around $3,000. Proceeds from this year’s event will be earmarked for building a new shed to house shovels, wheelbarrows and other garden tools, and if there’s any money left over, it’ll likely go towards education, said Pence. The Chili Cook-Off is Pence’s last hurrah as garden president before incoming president Scott Conklin takes over, she said.
“It’s good to get new blood and new leaders in there,” she said. “The committee has grown so much, so the garden is in good hands for sure.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering for the event or if you have a last minute chili entry to contribute.
High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at email@example.com.