Registration for the 17th annual Mountain Harvest Festival Chili Cook-off is now open. A mainstay of the festival since it began in 2001, for the past nine years the cook-off has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts. Competition is open to any individual or organization that can cook up a pot of chili, and is a great way for nonprofits and clubs to raise money for their causes.
Categories and prizes include Best Green Chili ($75), Best Red ($75), Best Meatless ($75), Best Exotic ($75), Best in Town ($0, restaurants receive a framed certificate), and People's Choice ($150).
The cookoff will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Paonia Town Park. Registration is $10 if received by Friday, Sept. 15, $25 between Sept. 16-20, and is required to compete in the cook-off. Forms are available at Farm and Home Supply, KVNF, Barkin' Bargains and Don's Market in Paonia, from the Hotchkiss City Market community bulletin board, or online at www.bluesage.org.
Taste tickets are $2 for two tastes (no People's Choice votes), $4 for five tastes (one People's Choice vote), or $8 for 12 tastes (two People's Choice votes), and are available at the event. Winners and the People's Choice award will be announced at the end of the event.