By Robin Alberti
KILLINGTON— This past Thursday, July 27, the rain moved the annual Chili Cook-off indoors to Snowshed Lodge at Killington Resort, but it did nothing to dampen the mood of those in attendance. The general vibe at the event was rather one of great cheer and enthusiasm. Killington’s annual Chili Cook-off has quickly become one of the town’s most anticipated yearly events.
Snowshed Lodge was full of both locals and visitors enjoying great food, activities, and music by local favorite the Chad Hollister Band. People young and old were out on the dance floor. Hollister ended the set by joining his drummer with a cool back and forth skin and cymbal duet that left the crowd amped and cheering. This year’s event also included activities just for kids, such as a piñata and ice cream donated by Mad Hatters.
Then Kim Peters took the mic, and along with teenage volunteers, which she commented work so hard and meant so much to the Rec Dept., announced the raffle winners.
Then Vince took over to announce the winners, including a few new categories that were added this year, some last minute as proved by the hand-written cardboard certificates handed out.
The one that brought the most laughs from the crowd was best bribe attempt, which may set the stage for a competition to be on next year’s panel of judges.
Additionally, Peters presented Nan and Andy Solamon with a Volunteer Of The Year award on behalf of Killington Recreation. This award begins an annual tradition of awarding volunteers at the chili cook off, Peters explained.
First Place Judges Choice and People’s Choice: Jamaican Mountain Grill (Jerk Shack) with their Jamaican Jerk Curry Goat Chili
Second Place People’s Choice: JW Plumbing and Heating (best non-restaurant)
Third Place People’s Choice: The Lookout
Most Original/Creative: Farrell Distributing
Hottest Chili: Liquid Art
Best Bribe Attempt: Birch Ridge Inn
Best Side Dish or Garnish: The Garlic
Best Presentation: Greater Killington Women’s Club
Best Dressed/Costume: Killington Deli
Best Traditional Chili: Killington Grand Hotel, Preston’s
By Robin Alberti
Snowshed Lodge became the venue for the successful chili cook-off event, that moved inside due to rainy skies.