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Community Gathers for Annual Chili Fest

Written by Fuse Staff

Locals enjoy the Downtown Ithaca Chili Fest

At the 13th Annual Great Ithaca Downtown Chili Cook-off and Winterfest, more than 30 vendors competed for bragging rights in such categories as best vegetarian chili, hottest bean chili, and the bean crazy chili. Chilifest judge Dave Cameron ’96 says his favorite chili was from Blue Stone Bar & Grill, which won best overall chili. “It was the perfect balance of meatiness, spicy heat, great aroma, and tasty flavor.” Cold yet sunny weather provided a great day for tasting hot chili, riding a mechanical bull, and trying to score VIP tasting tickets as part of the festival’s second annual moustache competition. “I really like Ithaca’s atmosphere, and seeing different people and all the different booths,” says Erin Irby ’12, who sported a ’stache at Chilifest. “It’s a really neat festival.” 



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