Press Kit

The hottest winter event in town - the 11th Annual Chilly Chili Cookoff and Stroll

News from Mt Washington Valley, NH – February 4, 2014

Contact:  Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331 or Mary Seavey, 603-356-5701


Chili tastings, Cornbread cook-off, children’s activities and so much more on March 1, 2014

North Conway, NH – Mark the calendar for March 1, 2014 and the 11th anniversary for the hottest winter event in North Conway Village.  From 11am – 3pm, North Conway Village celebrates the 11th Annual Chilly Chili Cook-off presented by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, with help from 93.5 WMWV, Magic 104FM, 93.5 FM, and Hannaford Supermarkets. And once again this year, the event has been spiced up a notch with chili cook-offs complete with plenty of additional tastings, festivities throughout North Conway Village and children’s activities presented by MWV Children’s Museum. 

Two simultaneous chili cook-offs

There will be two cookoffs happening throughout the day. The Professional Chef’s Division will be held at the Gibson Center for Senior Services in North Conway. A panel of judges will choose first, second, and third place winners, basing their decision on "aroma, consistency, and taste."Professional chefs will compete for cash prizes and a chamber advertising package. 

Additionally, and at the same time, a second People’s Choice chili cook-off will take place at the North Conway Community Center and additional locations (TBA) throughout North Conway Village.  Chili chefs from non-profit organizations will compete for the People’s Choice award for their chilis and cornbread.  People’s Choice trophies and chamber advertising packages will be offered to the first, second and third place chili chefs who receive the most votes from chili tasters. Recognition awards will be given for best themed display, and best corn bread along with the best chili, of course in both categories. 

The MWV Children’s Museum will host children activities from 11:30am - 3:00pm at the North Conway Community Center. Bring the kids and plan to play along.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – Saturday, March 1, 2014 – Village of North Conway

  • 11:00 AM Event Opens to VIP Ticket Holders
  • 11:30 – 3:00 PM Event Opens to General Ticket Holders
  • 12:00 – 3:00 PM Children Activities
  • 5:00 PM Awards Ceremony – Open to Chefs and VIP Ticket Holder only; offered by Horsefeathers at the former Decades Restaurant & Pub location on Kearsarge Street, North Conway. 

Tasting kits with a ballot card will be available to the general public at the event for $15. Tickets for children twelve and under are $7 and younger kids 5 and under go free when accompanied by an adult. A limited number of VIP package tickets will be available for $35 each.  VIP tickets allow one-hour early (11:00am) entry to the cook-off, wine, beer and Mead tastings, one free entry to the judging festivities, and a gift bag. Both tickets allow the opportunity attend the Chili Cook-off, taste all the teams’ chilies, and submit a vote for a favorite. Register online for your tasting kit and then pick up tickets at the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  To pre-purchase tickets, click here: Tasting kits and ballots are also available on the day of the event. 

The Chilly Chili Stroll is presented by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, Memorial Hospital and Hannaford.  Host sponsors are Gibson Center for Senior Serves and North Conway Community Center. Supporting Sponsors include Eastern Propane and Oil, and Settler’s Green.  In-kind sponsors include Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatier, Tuckerman Brewing Company, Glass Graphics, Spittin Fire, Pepsi, and Hannaford Supermarkets. 

For complete information, downloadable registration packets, lodging packages and all contest rules click here.  Questions for organizers can be answered by calling 603-356-5701.

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