Don’t miss the biggest celebration of chili in Vermont!
Saturday March 12th, 2016 • 1:00-4:00pm • Downtown Middlebury
The Vermont Chili Festival is the best (and most delicious!) way to enjoy a winter day. Join thousands of hardy Vermonters tasting their way through the closed-off streets of downtown Middlebury, and enjoy a festive atmosphere, live music, parties, street performers, and more!
Award-winning chili. All-ages fun.
Historic downtown Middlebury will be brimming with chili from top restaurants and caterers from around the state. Meet the folks behind the award-winning recipes, enjoy all-ages entertainment and two HOT after parties- both with awesome drink specials and live music from BandAnna (51 Main) and The Horse Traders (Two Brothers Tavern).
Adults: $5/advance, $7/door
Children under 8: FREE.
Check our Facebook page for more info!
We’re turning up the heat in 2016!
This year, a panel of judges will be determining the best of the best in all 6 categories of chili: Veggie, Beef, Chicken, Game, Kitchen Sink and Pork. Winners will each receive a cash prize and will go on to compete in the best-of-the-best Overall Winner category.
Everyone who attends the festival will be able to vote for their favorite chili and best booth. The top vote getters will receive a cash prize and the designation of “People’s Choice” and “Best Booth” award winner! Winners will be announced by MC at the end of the festival.
A great cause:
Money raised from the Vermont Chili Festival supports the community-building efforts of the Better Middlebury Partnership.
Chili Fest Sponsors:
Thank you to our sponsors of the 8th Annual Vermont Chili Festival!
51 Main, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brian’s Farm Supply, Holden Insurance, Two Brothers Tavern, The Little Pressroom and Fire & Ice
Chili Fest Vendors:
Cash prizes for chili winners!
- 1st place -$1,000
- 2nd place- $750
- 3rd place- $500
- Each category winner gets $100
- “People’s Choice” gets $500
- “Best Booth” gets $200
We are accepting applications for chili vendors. If you are interested in being a vendor at the 2016 Vermont Chili Festival, please download and fill out the Chili Fest Vendor Form.
Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 18th.
Due to safety, sanitary and space concerns please leave all pets at home.