33 restaurants brought 35 chili recipes to The Ithaca Commons, the 18th Annual Chili Cook-off! It was a great day for a Chili festival with ideal temperature of 44 degrees, compared to last year when temperature did not get above 10 degrees for February.
The lines were long with many people bring their own cups. Lots of college students, recipes, there were wine and beer offerings. I missed the beard and mustache contest.
Ithaca Chili Festival 2016 Results:
The People’s Choice chili winner was Luna Street Food.
Judges Results. Special thanks to all thirteen volunteer judges worked for hours to decide who had the best chili recipes. Really hard job, lots of great choices and options.
Vegetarian Chili Category
First Place: Moosewood Restaurant
Second Place: Collegetown Bagels/Ithaca Bakery
Third Place: Bandwagon Brewpub
Meat Chili Category
First Place: Ithaca Ale House
Second Place: Luna Street Food
Third Place: Taverna Banff
First Place: Wagner Valley
Second Place: Bacchus Brewing Co.
Third Place: Ithaca Beer Company
Best Chili-inspired Other Food
First Place: Life’s So Sweet Chocolates
Second Place: D.P. Dough