The 2019 Henniker Rotary Chili Fest is Sunday, August 18, 2019

Chili Fest Events

Meet Our 2018 Master of Ceremonies

Steve Friedman has lived in New Hampshire since 1979. Before getting into radio he represented Levi Strauss & Co. for 21 years in New England. That was followed by a 4 year stint as the owner of Red, White & Brew in Manchester, NH. For the past 18 years he has worked in the world of radio advertising at 92.5 The River, a locally owned & operated radio station serving Greater Boston, the Merrimack Valley, North Shore and Southern New Hampshire. Steve is devoted to helping local and regional businesses, and non-profit organizations advance their mission & to promote their products/services and events. He is a regular on the mic at ski and other local events and has a true passion for giving back to the community.

Chili Fest Events

Events Chili Sampling & Judging: The 2018 Chili Fest features two chili tasting competitions, one for professionals and a second for amateurs. Chilis will be judged by a panel of Celebrity Chefs and and cash prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded to the top three Amateur Chilis.

The top 3 Celebrity judged professional chilis will be awarded colorful banners and plaques. There will be People's Choice and Best Booth Display winners in each category. Chili Entry forms, judging criteria and entry rules are all available to be downloaded.

The Fire on the Mountain Trail 5K

The Henniker Rotary and New England College's Adventure Bound Program will kick off Chili Fest with a 5K race on the slopes of Pats Peak. For more information and to register for the event go to: The race will take place in the morning prior to the start of Chili Fest and prizes will be awarded during the opening ceremony at 11:45 AM.

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The Dave Chiasson Band with members of The McMurphys as special guests with continuous shows throughout the afternoon.
EntertainmentDave Chiasson
EntertainmentThe McMurphys
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Food Court

Food Court Food Court: A variety of foodstuffs including kid friendly fare will be available for purchase along with beverages, a Beer Wagon and ice cream coordinated by Pats Peak. Special feature: NH State Liquor Commission "Fun in the Sun" Truck with special giveaways and contests.

For The Kids

For the Kids The KidZone: Noon - 4:30 PM White Birch Community Center will coordinate a range of children's activities for kids of all ages. White Birch has been providing quality child care for ages 12 months to 14 years old in Henniker for over 30 years. Children visiting with us at the White Birch KidZone will enjoy stimulating activities, fun crafts and entertaining games. White Birch is a 501C(3) nonprofit community center that provides social, education and recreation programs for the local Henniker community.

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Car Cruise In

Cruise In Antique cars, trucks and other vehicles will be featured once again.

Be one of the first 100 cars to participate in the Classic Car Cruise In and get a car magnet, entitling you to $2.00 off Chili Fest entry fee.
Sponsored by Ayer & Goss Fuels.

Awards Ceremony:

Awards Join us at 4:15 PM in front of the Music Tent for raffle drawings and to see who will be the Judge's and People's Choice Award winners and which chili makers will win the Best Booth Display.

Mark Sunday, August 18th, 2019 on your calendars and prepare to join your neighbors and friends in this annual family friendly event at Pats Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, NH

Proceeds from the annual Chili Fest support local, national and international projects sponsored by the Henniker Rotary Club and Rotary International.