Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-off and WinterFest

THIS SATURDAY! 2/20/2010

Join us for the 12th
Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-off and WinterFest, Saturday,
February 20th, 2010, from 11:30am to 4:30pm.

Over 30 restaurants compete for the titles of Best Chili and other items in the People's Choice, Vegetarian & Meat, and the Official
Judging competition.

Events include Chili Tasting, Mechanical Bull Riding,
Chili Idol Karaoke, Iron Chef, Farmers Market, Wine & Beer Tasting,
Music, Contests and Prizes.

Tickets to Taste are $5 for 5, $10 for 11, or our VIP tickets are 10 for $20 (and you get a special VIP line at each booth). Each ticket gets you a 2-3oz sample of chili or a comparable sample of other items from wine to wings.

Event parking for $3 is in place at City of Ithaca garages on Seneca, Green and Cayuga Streets. Parking meters are free on Saturday!

For more information contact Matt, Marketing and Events Manager, at 607-277-8679 or email


On the Commons:

11:30-4:00: Chili, Wine and Beer tasting.

Farmers Market featuring artisan chocolates, cheeses and more.

Chili Idol Karaoke Singing Competition.

12:00-4:00 Mechanical Bull Rides, Beer goggle tricycle races and an inflatable bounce house.

3:30: Chili Idol Final

Center Ithaca:

12:00 - 3:00: Chair massage by the FLSM and Wine tasting.

Bernie Milton Pavilion:

12:00 - 2:00: Live I-100 Radio Broadcast and Guitar Hero Competition.

2:30: ICircus performs circus tricks.

3:00: Hot Pepper Eating Competition.

3:45: Award Ceremony

State Theatre:

3:00: Galumpha at the State Theatre
Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. The three performers have created a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, drawn together into a seamless whole, consistently bringing audiences to their feet with a triumphant mix of art and entertainment.


We are happy to announce a Chili Cook-off fundraiser for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School (BJM).

The program is administered through the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food and is run locally with assistance from the Village at Ithaca.

The program utilizes local farmers and suppliers to provide healthy snacks of fresh fruits and vegetables to the students at BJM. It is the goal of the program to eventually offer the program throughout the ICSD.

The program has been successful in not only getting children to try a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables but in actually changing the preference of the children to their 'snack of choice'. Children have been quoted as saying they "feel smarter" and "more focused" as a result of having these foods as an alternative. Parents have also shared that students have brought these practices home. It has also been a wonderful supplement to those children whose parents cannot afford to send their children to school with a daily snack.

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