7th Annual Vermont Chili Festival

chilifest-logoDon’t miss the biggest celebration of chili in Vermont!

Saturday March 14th, 2015 • 1:00-4:00pm • Downtown Middlebury

Named one of the Top 10 Winter Events by The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, The Vermont Chili Festival is the most fun and delicious way to enjoy 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, a beverage tent, balloon animals, 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, and don’t forget to stop in the beverage tent for some of the best local beers, ciders and spirits available. Families will enjoy the all-ages entertainment, and there will be live music in the afternoon from The Grift. The fun starts at 1:00 pm — don’t miss it!

We’re turning up the heat in 2015!

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. The top vote getter will receive a cash prize and the designation of “People’s Choice” award winner! Winners will be announced throughout the afternoon.

A great cause:
Money raised from the Vermont Chili Festival supports the community-building efforts of the Better Middlebury Partnership, as well as the Vermont Food Bank.


Chili Fest Sponsors:

Thank you to our sponsors of the 2015 Vermont Chili Festival!

Additional Sponsors

Foleys, Engleberth Construction, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and Denecker Chevrolet

Become a Sponsor!

There is still time to become a Vermont Chili Festival sponsor! This year, we’ve created sponsor packages that offer an excellent return on your investment. We are partnering with Hall Communications for extensive radio promotion of the event, and marketing to an audience that includes the full State of Vermont and into other New England states. Please review the Chili Fest Sponsor Form and contact us by emailing vermontchilifest@gmail.com as soon as possible.


Chili Fest Vendors:

Cash prizes for chili winners!

  • 1st place -$1,000
  • 2nd place- $750
  • 3rd place- $500
  • Each category winner gets $100

We are still accepting applications for chili vendors. If you are interested in being a vendor at the 2015 Vermont Chili Festival, please download and fill out the Chili Fest Vendor Form.

Download Chili Fest Vendor Form »

Email applications to vermontchilifest@gmail.com by February 20th.


Additional Information:

Pets Policy:
Due to safety, sanitary and space concerns please leave all pets at home.