Chili Meets Chocolate
Every year for the last 13 years on a weekend in late February Chili meets Chocolate in Mt Washington Valley in North Conway, New Hampshire.
The Chocolate Festival has been going on for 27 years to be exact. It’s a Chocolate lovers dream. Participants can visit a trail of chocolate from gourmet hot chocolate, brownie sundaes, chocolate fondue with a variety of dippers, handmade chocolate confections, hand dipped pretzels and more.
Visitors enter to win a $200 gift certificate at each of the trail-side chocolate destinations. You can experience some of New Hampshire’s finest accommodations as they are participants in this event. The 1785 Inn Adventure Suites and The Buttonwood Inn are just three of the man other inns of North Conway to visit who participate in this event.
The one day event held from 11-4 is always a winning combination for the weekend Chili Festival. It’s the ultimate combination of sweet and spicy. Plus, you can mix in a little skiing and shopping and dining.
13th Annual Chili Cook Off
Over 400 people attended this years Chilly Chili Cook-Off 25 Chilies participated and prepared tastings for the crowd and 6 judges. 16 retail shops in North Conway Village offered cheese samplings and wine tastings to ticket holders for the event.
BEST Chili: Big Dave’s Bagels $300 Prize. Judged by 6 individuals from the White Mountain Culinary Association and two food writers from Taste of the Seacoast and NH Magazine.
People’s Choice: Big Dave’s
BEST Cornbread: Stowe Corner Store
BEST Creative Table: Chef’s Bistro
In the Non-Profit Category the winners are:
People’s Choice BEST Chili: Leadership MWV Sponsored by Red Jacket $125 Which helps in their annual fundraising to support repayment of student loans as one effort in the MWV to keep young professionals in the valley.
2nd Place People;s Choice: Vaughan Center Sponsored by Hannaford $100
3rd Place People’s Choice: Valley Promotions Sponsored by Eastern Propane $75
BEST Cornbread: American Cancer Society, Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk Sponsored by Stonehurst Manor
BEST Creative Table: American Cancer Society, Making Strides Breast Cancer Sponsored by Stonehurst Manor
Sponsors of the event are: Cabot Cheese, Green Thumb Farm, Ragged Mountain, Horsefeathers, North Conway Community Center, Gibson Center & Tuckerman Brewing
Thank you to Marti Mayne PR Manager at Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce for the photos of the Chilly Chili Cook-off Event.