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New Glasgow invites community to Chill Out

These are photos from the chilli competition
The chili competition will once again be a major part of this year's Chill Out event. Pictured is New Glasgow firefighter Art MacLean taking part in the 2018 competition.

NEW GLASGOW, N.S.

Competitive chili cooking is returning to New Glasgow once again.

The 5th annual Chill Out, New Glasgow’s kick off to winter carnival season, is being held at the New Glasgow Farmers Market on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and competitors will have the chance to test their talents  against their peers.

“The chili competition has kind of taken over the event,” said Paula Irving, special events coordinator for the town of New Glasgow. “It’s a very fun competitive thing.” 

Walk near the competition area the day of the event and you’ll have a chance to taste test the chili and hear some banter between competitors.

The competition this year will have five groups of competitors: firefighters, media, local chefs, NNEC vs. NRHS students and for the second year, home cooks can enter the competition. Home cooks are invited to submit their name for a chance to be one of the four home cooks selected for this year’s competition by e-mailing Kaitlyn.siddall@newglasgow.ca or by calling 902 752-4800 before Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 12 p.m. The participants will be notified and announced by 5 p.m. on Jan. 9. 

Tasting for the competition starts at 11 a.m.  on Jan. 12 with samples available of each competitor’s creation. The official people’s choice winners will be announced at 12:45 p.m. 

But that isn’t all that will be happening. 

“There is fun and entertainment for all ages,” said New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks.

Other events include performances by local musicians, colouring, snowshoeing and a snowman building zone, she said.

In addition to these activities, the New Glasgow Farmers Winter Market will once again be open for the season. 

Free Tim Horton’s hot chocolate and coffee will once again be available outside by the music tent. 

Some of the events will be weather dependent, Irving said, but even if there’s no snow, they’ll make sure there are replacement activities for all ages to enjoy.

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