Eagle-Vail Community Garden Chili Cook-off includes amateur, professional divisions
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What: Eagle-Vail Chili Cook-off.
When: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.
Where: Eagle-Vail Pavilion, 538 Eagle Drive, Eagle-Vail.
Cost: $15, includes one drink ticket and access to all the chili and fixings.
More information: Contact Mary Ferero at 970-445-0749, or visit www.eaglevailgarden.com.
EAGLE-VAIL — Amateur and professional chefs will compete for the title of Eagle-Vail’s best chili chef at the Eagle-Vail Community Garden’s fourth annual Chili Cook-Off, taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. There will be an individual division and a corporate division this year, and vin48 and Loaded Joe’s are just two of the restaurants competing.
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 a campfire and s’mores. The first 150 attendees will receive a camping mug, which they can use to taste their chili and then have as a souvenir of the event.
New this year, gardeners harvested an excellent crop of Cascade hops from their very own bines. The Vail Brewing Co., an Eagle-Vail newbie, used these hops to brew CO-HOP IPA, which will be available Sunday at the bar, along with wine, for an additional donation.
Chili cooks are competing for a family pool pass to the Eagle-Vail Pool; one for the corporate division and one for the individual winner. All chili cooks will be entered into a raffle for a 2016 garden plot. Garden Committee members will also have plot-renewal forms for any eager gardeners planning for next year.
About the garden
The Eagle-Vail Community Garden runs on a 100 percent volunteer basis, and with 60 individual plots and 12 corporate plots. It was overwhelmingly abundant this summer. Gardeners grew kale, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, strawberries, beans and peas.
In addition to growing veggies and plants, the Eagle-Vail Garden grew community connections. Tots in the Garden, a program for little ones and their caregivers, was a well-attended educational opportunity for the littlest gardeners. In June, garden members gathered to enjoy a start-of-season potluck, and in early September, Grouse Mountain Grill hosted a Harvest Dinner in the garden.
The Eagle-Vail garden also continues to be a strong participant in the Produce for Pantries program, where volunteer gardeners harvest the surplus fresh organic produce and donate it to the Salvation Army. This year, the Eagle-Vail Community Garden alone provided locally grown veggies to more than 1,000 residents every week. For many families, this was their only source of fresh, healthy food.
Learn more about the Eagle-Vail Community Garden, and how you can be a part of it, at http://www.eaglevailgarden.com.