HUDSON – Arts Walk weekend is no longer a tradition on its own. The Hudson Valley Bounty Chili contest has heated things up for the past 5 years and this year is no different. For the sixth time, chili lovers and talented chili chefs will join together in a tent located on the banks of the Hudson River in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, in Hudson, NY

The contest takes place on Saturday, October 6th from noon until 4 p.m. (judging ends at 3:30) and includes prize money totaling over $1,000.00. Best chili will receive $500.00, second place gets $300.00 and third place takes home $ 150.00. An additional $100.00 will be awarded for the Best Table Decoration.

For an admission of $5.00 (kids under 5 are free), each individual is given a coveted dry bean. Once in the tent, patrons are free to taste as many of the chilies as they wish in order to determine which is their favorite. Then they vote with their bean by dropping it into a mason jar on the table of their first choice. At 3:30, the official bean counters do their stuff. The prize winners are those with the most dried beans in their jar when the judging is over.

Secret recipes abound - from the Churchtown Fire Company’s chili with liquid smoke, the Pirate Pig’s Boar’s Head Bacon, to the Chef’s Consortium’s Beef Turkey and Shitaki. Restaurants will be participating as well. American Glory is entering it’s famous chili, as is Wunderbar Bistro, Johnny’s BBQ Shack and newcomer, The Crimson Sparrow. Red Dot is back for a repeat performance as is last year’s winner looking to hold onto his crown, Joe Morabito of Morabito’s Deli and Sub Shop.

“There are already entrants from Columbia, Greene, Westchester, Suffolk and Dutchess counties,” says HVB Program Director, Kristin Roca. “We even have the Mayor of Tivoli, Bryan Cranna, who grew up in Hudson vying for that top prize.”

The Chili contest will also offer local beer and sangria, the rock ‘n’ roll sounds of the band Thunder Ridge, and the Arts Walk Riverfront Artists Marketplace taking place right along side the contest in the park as well.

“”Everybody has a great time at this event,” concludes Roca, “It’s a fun and tasty way to spice up your Columbus Day Weekend!”

The Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Contest will be on Saturday, October 6th, from 12-4pm. There is a $5 entry fee and kids under 5 are free. To find out more about the Hudson Valley Bounty and it’s Chili Contest you can go to:

Release Date: 
Fri, 10/05/2012 - 10pm