Big Chili Contest aka Chilifest ~ Martha’s Vineyard

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This Saturday, January 26th, WMVY is hosting their annual Big Chili Contest, held at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs.

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The contest was first held 27 years ago, as way to break up the deep-winter doldrums, and has grown into one of the Vineyard’s most popular events.

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Over thirty contestants are expected, bringing their best recipes in a variety of categories including professional, amateur, hottest chili, veggie chili, furthest traveled and, “Is it really chili?”

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More than just an Island event, the contest draws crowds from all over New England, and contestants from as far away as Texas.

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This year, a crowd of nearly 3,000 is expected to descend on the P-A Club to dance, drink, and sample the various chilis.

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Some attendees like to dress the part, wearing crazy hats, fake mustaches and the like.

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The party starts at 11 AM, with music being provided by Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish, Entrain, and Mariachi band Mexico Lindo.

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Tickets are $30 per person and benefit The Red Stocking Fund.

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