The Henniker Rotary Chili Fest takes place in August each year

17th Annual Chili Fest - Celebrity Judges

Rick Broussard
Rick is the long-time editor of New Hampshire Magazine. He also edits the NH Pulp Fiction series of paperback books featuring short stories in classic pulp genres, all set in the Granite State. He resides in Concord with his wife, daughter and flock of suburban chickens. Although he is a writer and commentator on a variety of topics, he usually keeps food opinions to himself since he's the primary cook of his household, but he looks forward to this opportunity to compare varieties of chili against his own "formidable" recipes. Raised in the South, he learned to cook from his Louisiana parents who were both adept in the kitchen and unafraid of experimentation, so he hopes to be both surprised and enlightened by the offerings of this year's contestants.
Adam Parker
Adam Parker is the corporate chef overseeing all five restaurants in the franchise: Fratello's Italian Grille (Manchester, Nashua and Laconia) and The Homestead Restaurant & Tavern (Merrimack and Newfound Lake) wears many hats. An average day could include anything from kitchen prep and working with a new staff member to corporate meetings and charity events. A Nashua native, Parker earned his bachelor's degree and pastry certification at the Culinary Institute of America before working at the Sagamore Resort in upstate New York, the Waldorf Astoria in Boca Raton, Fla., and New Hampshire's Mountain View Grand and Indian Head Resort. He's focused on getting people excited about food, often gathering the kitchen staff together to talk about new ideas and develop techniques.
Matt Ingersoll
Matt Ingersoll joined the staff of the Hippo Press, New Hampshire's largest weekly print publication, in June 2016 as a writer and editor in various roles. He exclusively covers the food beat for the paper, travelling to restaurants and writing about food festivals all over southern New Hampshire as your source for all things delicious in the state. Matt currently lives in Manchester and always looks forward to the opportunity to get people excited about locally made food from conversations with and obtaining recipes from chefs. He has also recently taken up an interest in food photography, contributing several photos that have graced the covers of recent issues of the Hippo.

Chilifest Photo

Chilifest Photo

Chilifest Photo

This video was created in 2011 and refers to the 2011 Chili Fest.

Watch for our 2020 Chili Fest next August and join your neighbors and friends in this annual family friendly event at Pats Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, NH

Admission: Adults, $12.00; children 10 and under, $6.00; infants/toddlers free; Hours: Noon - 4:30 PM

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

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