Chili, cornbread and beer tastings, oh my!

You may know Mt Washington Valley, NH as the top place to visit for all things outdoor adventure. With thirteen Alpine and Nordic ski areas, tubing, snowmobiling, hiking, ice climbing and more, there is never any shortage of events and activities to enjoy with friends and family outdoors. So with all this outdoor fun, we’re bound and determined to keep you properly fueled. Just to add to the mix, one foodie adventure are coming up: The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Chilly Chili Cookoff will take place on February 28, 2015.

chili_20141Come sample more than forty exclusive chili recipes from local amateur and professional chefs at the 12th Annual Chilly Chili Cookoff on February 28 from 11:00am to 3:00pm in North Conway Village. The Professional Chefs represent working chefs in a restaurant or catering company vying for the top three awards which are judged by a set of judges overseen by the International Chili Society. The People’s Choice division feature chilis made by non-profits throughout the Mt. Washington Valley and the top three winners are chosen by festival goers.

Chilifest-3-1-14-Chilirevelers-WGCphotoEach chef is showcasing their own personal recipes with specialty meats, secret blends of spices and unique ingredients such as chocolate. We take our chili very seriously here in the Mt. Washington Valley so you’re going to want to make sure you have savored each and every bite. The first, second and third place champions of last year’s competition will be returning to try and regain their top spot, so be sure to be a part of the action.

Beer, mead and wine tastings along with a cornbread recipe competition and shopping specials are all part of the fun as well. Other North Conway Village happenings open to chili ticket holders include a Tuckerman Brewing Co. beer promo, specialty chili tasting and margarita tasting at Rafferty’s Pub, Cabot cheese and hot cider pairing at The Rugged Mill, Smuttynose Beer and chili sampling at Chef’s Market Bistroand a wine and chili pairing at White Mountain Winery.

General admission tickets are $15.00 for adults, $7.00 for children twelve and under and free for children five and under.  For $35.00 VIP ticket holders will enjoy a private tasting with specialty beer and wine pairings with the Professional Chefs, a goody bag with local gift items such as fleece scarves from Ragged Mountain, cheese from Cabot Creamery, chocolate from Lindt Chocolate shop and Skinny Towel washcloths and more as well as a ticket to the private awards ceremony for the chefs at 4:00pm at Horsefeathers Restaurant.

If the Chilly Chili Cookoff leave you hungry for more foodie fun, be sure to join in on the fun with the AMC International Dinner Series. You will enjoy a four-course family-style dinner featuring food from a different country paired with a presentation on outdoor recreation in that particular country. Giveaways are part of the evening’s fun and you can even bring your own beverage of choice. Tickets are $29.00 for non-members and $24.00 for members. Upcoming dates include Feb 24, March 4 and March 11, with cuisine of Portugal, St. Maarten and South America to be prepared, respectively. Dinner begins at 6:00pm with the presentation to follow.

Whats_Your_StoryWhat’s your story? Join Snowvillage Inn on Feb. 26 for dinner at the inn’s restaurant, Max’s Tavern and an evening of story-telling, told live by professional comedians, actors and speakers. The show is improvisational and emulates the format of “The Moth” radio. Each show starts with a theme which the storyteller explores in unexpected ways, often for an experience which is both hysterical and exhilarating. Tickets are $25.00 and include a three-course dinner. The doors open at 5:00pm with dinner at 6:00pm and the show to follow. Max’s Tavern features an epicurean adventure of locally-sourced and handmade food with soups and salads, light bites entrees and decadent desserts. Craft cocktails made by infamous bartender and inn owner, Kevin Flynn await you while friendly staff welcomes you.

If you’re not already one, become a foodie at the Taste of the Mountains Cooking School at the Bernerhof Inn in Bartlett. Learn from the master chefs who live locally or visit from afar to teach classes from bread-making and baking to international cuisine to themed dinners and more. Each class includes a three hour hands-on instruction; all recipes from the menu for that day, a Taste of the Mountains Cooking School apron; food tasting; wine, beer or iced tea to accompany your prepared meal; a photo with your chef or instructor and a diploma for your courses taught (non-accredited). Price depends on the class booked and lodging packages are available at the Bernerhof Inn. Upcoming classes include “Recipes from New England” on February 21 and “Fondue with Friends” on February 26.

Mt. Washington Valley is the epicenter of all things adventure from mountain fun to foodie happenings. Enjoy every last bite with these upcoming events all focused on the love of food. It’s ok to indulge because you’ll be able to work off all the calories as you play in Mother Nature’s playground the very next day.

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