Hosted by The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the 14th annual return of the Chincoteague Island Chili-Chowder Cookoff will bring amateur and professional chefs from all over, all of them just itching to compete and share their delicious, sometimes secret, culinary concoctions, be they chili or be they chowder.
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Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company hosts a number of beloved events throughout the year. One such event is the annual Chili-Chowder Cookoff, held the third weekend in October. This is the first time the fire company is hosting and they invite locals and visitors to participate and enjoy.
On Saturday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. come with your appetite to the carnival grounds at 3648 Main Street! The admission to the Chili-Chowder cookoff is free. Along with delicious stews, expect an arts & crafts fair, a raffle and prizes for the best chili and chowder.
There will be live music at the annual festival and the adorable the Little Miss Chili Pepper & Mr. Hot Stuff competition. Any little boys or girls interested should apply by October 13, 2008. The children will be onstage answering questions and have the option to display a talent if desired. Ages 3 to 6 may enter. The competition is always a crowd pleaser and lots of fun! First place winners win a $25 savings bond and ride in the Christmas Parade representing the Main Street Merchants.
And of course, there will be tons of chowder and chili to eat! Don’t worry, hamburgers hot dogs and ice cream will be for sale as well.
Food will be served at noon until it’s all gone!
For more information, visit Chincoteague.com/cvfc3 or call (757) 894-8771.
Saturday ~ Noon to 4 pm
@ Tom’s Cove Park ~ 8128 Beebe Road
The native peoples of what is now Virginia’s eastern shore long valued the fruits of the sea. And when settlers established the little town of Chincoteague, it soon became a fishing and shellfishing village. Once the causeway was completed in 1922, the Chincoteague seafood industry really began to flourish with a trade in fish, crabs, clams and oysters to New York City and Philadelphia.
There’s no better way to honor this long and distinguished shellfishing tradition in Chincoteague…than by eating a ton of shellfish. The Chincoteague Oyster Festival has become a grand tradition among locals and visitors alike. It is a day of eating oysters, oysters and more oysters at Tom’s Cove Park, 8128 Beebe Road in Chincoteague. And if you need a break from all those fresh, delicious oysters, there will also be hot dogs, salad, steamed crab, clam chowder and more!
That ‘and more’ includes live music by the band, Island Boy. Their mix of rock and soul will make you get up and dance, whether or not you’re absolutely full to the gills with oysters. In addition to dancing and music, there will also be a contest with lots of opportunities to win great prizes–everything from tickets to next year’s Oyster Festival, to gift certificates for local businesses and cruises around the islands.
Tickets are $40 for ages 5 and over. That includes all you can eat oysters plus more food, entertainment and general good fun! Buy your tickets in advance online and learn more about this fun Chincoteague community event at ChincoteagueOysterFestival.com. This is a popular event, so get your tickets before they’re gone!
Special thanks to the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce for putting on such a great annual festival!