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A hot time in the old town on April 8, 2017-14th Annual Chili Cookoff

News from Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce – March 30, 2017

Contact: Christopher Randall,, 603-356-5701

For a hot time in the old town, the 14th Annual Chili Cookoff & Feelin’ Good 5K will be held April 8th

We’re pretty sure April 8th will be the hottest day in April in Mt Washington Valley!

North Conway, NH –Chili-lovers and foodies, get ready for the ultimate hot foodie event - the 14th Mt Washington Valley Annual Chili Cookoff will be held on Saturday April 8, 2017. Sponsored by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, this friendly chili cookoff competition will be held at the North Conway Community Center for participating non-professional chefs representing non-profits and other businesses, and at the Gibson Center for Senior Living for the Professional category chefs.  Plus, stroll through North Conway Village for red hot stop offers among participating businesses.  This year, a new element – the Feelin’ Good 5K – will also be added to the line-up of activities, and it’s all topped off with a fun awards ceremony. Mark the calendar for April 8th, the hottest day of April in Mt Washington Valley, NH.

The best part of the Chili Cookoff for most is the chance to taste so many varieties of chili and cornbread.  From hot-hot-hot to mild, and from beef to chicken and beyond, participating chefs offer up tastings of chili and cornbread. All professional chef chili entries will be judged by members from the American Culinary Federation White Mountain Chapter, headed by Bryant Alden, Chef from the Wildcat Tavern in Jackson.  Awards will be given for Best Chili with first, second and third places acknowledged.  Professional and non-professional chefs will also have the chance to be awarded the People’s Choice Award for Best Chili too, selected by all tasters who attend the tour. Voting for their top choices of chilis is one of the best parts of the tour say many tourgoers each year.

The accompanying Feelin’ Good 5K is organized by the White Mountain Milers and will kick off the Chili Cookoff event at 9:30am. This friendly 5K race or walk is set to run through the North Conway Village starting and finishing in Schouler Park. Registration for the Feelin’ Good 5k can be found at  and is $35 which includes entry into the chili cookoff for the participating runner. Additional chili cookoff entry tickets for friends and family may be purchased at the pre-race registration table from 8:00am-9:30am.

The chili cookoff is moving from its traditional February/March winter date to April 8, 2017 as the kick-off foodie event promoting the Spring season in Mt Washington Valley, NH. The cookoff will be accompanied by a stroll through North Conway village where participating village businesses will be offering a variety of value-added “red hot stop” promotions for those enjoying the tour, adding even more fun and value to the day. For additional spring foodie events in Mt Washington Valley, click here.

After the competition join the fun at Abenaki Trail Restaurant and Pub on White Mountain Highway in North Conway. The public is welcome to attend the Chili Cookoff Awards Ceremony at 4:00pm, and enjoy delicious appetizers and entertainment by the Riley Parkhurst Project. A cash bar will be available. 

Tickets are $15 Adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Children 3 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased in advance here. (Payment may be made by check or credit card) or at the door the day of the event.  Tickets purchased in advance must be traded at the event for a wristband, allowing entry to the chili tables for sampling and promotions throughout the village Those who bring an item from the 68 Hours of Hunger shopping list will receive $1 off the adult ticket price of $15.00.

Contact the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at 603-356-5701 or email Chris Randall at to register to be a participating chef (by March 31) or with questions.

About the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce (MWVCC)

The MWVCC serves the 26 communities in Maine & New Hampshire known as the Mt Washington Valley in promoting the area as the premier New England tourist destination. The chamber works with 800 member businesses in the valley and is dedicated to maintaining and promoting a strong healthy community, with an eye toward supporting New Hampshire’s natural beauty, throughout the valley for residents and visitors to enjoy.

For more information about planning your Mt Washington Valley Chili-filled getaway, please visit or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364). To learn more about planning a trip to New Hampshire, go to

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