SCUGOG: Local residents will have a chance to fill their bowls on Sunday, Sept. 20, when the 7th annual Harvest Chili Cook-Off takes over downtown Port Perry.
2014 People’s Choice chili winner Herrington’s Quality Butchers and Judge’s Choice winner Old Flame Brewing Co., will be in tight to repeat as winners this year, as they will be facing off with entrants from The Piano Café, Port Perry Villa, Vos Independent, and Durham Homestyle Catering, among several others vying for honours at the annual autumn celebration, which is proudly presented by the Port Perry BIA.
In addition to the wide array of chili options available for tasting as part of the competition, the event will also feature a corn roast, sponsored by the Port Perry Lions Club, as well as a Kid Zone, art fair, petting farm and pumpkin painting. For those interested in shopping, there will also be a farmer’s market and side walk sale going on throughout the day, with many local merchants offering special harvest deals.
Scotland-born singer/songwriter David Leask will also be performing on Queen St., and the York Durham Line Band will be taking to the stage on Water St.
The event will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the chili will be served from Noon until 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, which includes a chili mug, giving those in attendance the opportunity to sample all the chili options.
Traffic will be diverted during the event with several road closures planned for downtown Port Perry on Sunday. Queen St., from John to Water St., as well as Water St., from Queen to Mary St. will be closed for the celebration.