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2019 Chili Festival Vendor Information

2019 Chili Festival Contest Rules

  • ELIGIBILITY: Anyone 18 years of age or older is welcome to enter the Chili Contests, including Rotarians and their immediate family members (family members are defined as parent, child, spouse, sibling and/or respective spouses)
  • PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN THE CHILIMAKER ENTRY FORM and INDEMNITY FORM TO HENNIKER ROTARY CLUB, P.O. BOX 695, HENNIKER, NH 03242
  • We do not specify ingredients for your Chili. Please bring a small sign indicating if there are any ingredients such as nuts which might cause an allergic reaction
  • Amount of Chili required PER CATEGORY
    • PROFESSIONAL: MINIMUM 6, suggest 8 GALLONS
    • AMATEUR: MINIMUM 4, suggest 5 GALLONS
  • Limit servings to one tasting cup per individual (1/2 ounce). Voting ends at 3:30 p.m.
  • TWO servers (2) required per chili entry. Entry fee includes entrance for two people, additional tickets can be purchased if you have additional Team members
  • Chili must be prepared off site and delivered in containers supplied at mandatory Pre-Chili Meeting***
  • Contestants should serve chili from steam trays, heated with sterno. No crock pots, electricity is not available. A 3 x 4 foot table for amateurs, a 2 x 8 foot table for professionals, tasting cups, spoons, table cloth and napkins will be provided
  • CHILI MUST BE READY TO BE SERVED BY 11:30 a.m.
  • Each chili entrant receives voting tickets for two servers ($24 VALUE). You may enter one or more different chili recipes. Separate fee for each entry
  • Winners will be announced at approximately 4:30 p.m.
  • All winners receive a plaque
  • All winners in the professional division receive a chili banner for display purposes
  • The Independent Judging winners in the amateur division will receive a cash award; 1st - $500, 2nd - $300, 3rd - $200
  • All entries are eligible for the People's Choice and Best Table Design in each division. We encourage you to create a team theme and decorate your table

***MANDATORY PRE-CHILI MEETING FOR ALL CHILI MAKERS*** Tuesday, August 13th, 6:00 p.m. at Pat's Peak At the Pre-Chili Meeting table assignments will be made by lottery, event day details will be discussed, Chili containers with your space # will be provided and access passes will be distributed.

Any questions, please contact Mary Krotzer, mskrotzer@yahoo.com, 603-560-6279


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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