SAXTONS RIVER — Saxtons River Rec recently announced the winners of its annual chili cook off, held Oct. 24 on the lawn at Main Street Arts.
A record crowd of chili tasters voted young Austin Mallan their favorite individual winner, with second going to Dan Zimmer, both of Saxtons River. First in the commercial category was Jamaican Jewelz Catering, followed closely by Smokin' Bowls' signature Cheech and Chong chili.
Also entering were the Bacon, Douglass and Smith families, Justin Gallion, and Sofia and Lisa Bianconi in the individual category and Shona Grill, the Saxtons River Inn, the Village Market and Alpine Glo Farm in the commercial.
Josh Maiocco and Ben Carr provided background music for the tasters. Vermont Academy donated cornbread to cleanse the palate between tastings.
The event raised almost $1,100 for the Rec and its programs.
"We again had wonderful weather," said event organizer Samantha Fletcher, "and an amazing turn out by our community. A huge thank you goes out to Main Street Arts for allowing us the use of their beautiful outdoor space, to Ben Carr and Josh Maiocco for their wonderful music, to all the contestants who took the time and expense to participate, and to all the soccer parents who donated all the items to make today happen."