Monday, February 11, 2013

Orlando Chili Cook-off

What an insane weekend. This weekend I ended up spending about 12 hours on something that was supposed to take an hour or two Sunday morning. The good news it that it is something pretty cool, but the bad news is that my plans for blogging and running and laundry and shopping for food all went out the window. I will have more on this soon, but here is a picture to give you a hint.

One thing I did actually get to do this weekend was go to the Orlando Chili Cook-off. This was the fourth year for the event, and the first time I had gotten a chance to go. A big thanks to Mary from Events for Change for putting together this blogger opportunity.

We got to Orlando Festival Park at about 3 p.m. The original goal was to get there closer to noon when the gates opened, but above mentioned project got in the way. Once through the gates, we headed for the chili which was handed out in the perfect sample size cups.

We started with some veggie chili, then had some from the Boy Scouts, some from the team from the landscape company and several others. I forgot to keep track of all the different places we stopped, but I loved all the different takes on chili. 

My favorite was the chili from chili crafters. We were some of the last to get this treat. It was made with beer and you could really taste the beer in the chili. I may have liked this one the most, since I am really missing beer these days, but it worked for me. My husband voted for a really meaty chili that was also very good.

This booth was pretty fun.
In addition to the chili, the festival had live music, inflatables, and lots of other food and drinks. We had some kettle corn and then headed home.

Live music. Always a good thing.
Overall, this was a fun festival and I would recommend it. I would definitely try and get there earlier in the day. While we got to try several types of chili, a number of places were sold out before we arrived. I knew this was a possibility, so it was not a big deal for me.

Next on my festival list is the Plant City Strawberry Festival. What are some of your favorite festivals.

Please note: I did get admission to the festival for free, but all opinions are my own.