The Hippo


Apr 22, 2019








More chili fests

Want more chili? Here are a couple of other chili festivals and competitions happening in the Granite State this weekend.
• Dozens of chilis and craft brews will be available for sampling at the sixth annual Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival, which is happening at Swasey Parkway (316 Water St., Exeter) on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will get to taste and vote on their favorite chili. A number of local participating vendors will be there, like 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Epping, The Cork N Keg Grill in Raymond, the Epoch Restaurant in Exeter and many others. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door and include a souvenir tasting glass, 10 beer sample tickets, all-you-can-eat beer sample tickets and access to live entertainment. Kids under the age of 7 will receive free admission if accompanied by an adult. Visit or call 772-2411 for more details.
• The 28th annual WHEB Chili Cook-Off is happening on the grounds of the Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth) on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 11:30 a.m. and will include a variety of chili dishes provided by dozens of local restaurants. First-, second- and third-place winners in both Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice categories will be announced for the restaurant with the best chili. Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under. Visit
Intown Manchester’s Fire in Fall Chili & Music Festival
When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Elm Street (between Merrimack and Central streets), Manchester
Cost: Free admission; chili tastings are $2 per sample

Chili out
Chili and music festival at Veterans Park

By Matt Ingersoll

 Whether you prefer a milder flavor or a strong hit of spice, you’ll find a chili that will meet your taste buds’ desires at Intown Manchester’s inaugural Fire in Fall Chili & Music Festival.

You can also get a head start on celebrating Halloween — costumes are encouraged and several Halloween-centric vendors will set up shop — and listen to a full lineup of local bands. 
The festival is happening at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, Oct. 8, and is free to attend. Chili samples will be available for $2 per tasting and will be at least 4 ounces, though bigger portions will be available as well.
Intown Manchester executive director Sara Beaudry said people can vote on their favorite chilis for the winners to receive bragging rights. 
“It’s actually quite a variety of local restaurants, caterers, food trucks … and people from outside [Manchester] who will be making different types of chilis,” Beaudry said. “There will be both meat and vegetarian chilis … with different levels of spiciness.”
Other vendors may present variations on chili, like chili dogs or chili fries, she said.
Beaudry said there have been other chili-themed festivals and competitions organized by the city in the past in the summer, but this is the first one run by Intown Manchester and the first happening in October. It coincides with the Manchester Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Parade and the beginning of Fire Prevention Week.
“This one is more localized and really meant to focus on New Hampshire chili makers,” she said.
The festival will also feature a beer and wine garden, something not seen at previous chili festivals in the Queen City, Beaudry said.
With the event happening just weeks before Halloween, many of the vendors will include Halloween-themed arts and craftspeople, psychics, paranormal societies and more.
“There isn’t an Intown event or one in Manchester either that’s really Halloween based, so we encourage people to wear costumes,” she said.
Live performers will include The Jimmy Lehoux Band, who will be headlining, as well as Rock Spring, The Southern City Band and Walker Smith.
Beaudry said Intown Manchester is keeping the first festival simple for now but hopes for it to grow over the next few years.
“It’s going to be a great day to bring the family out … and we’ll have it grow and be a larger chili cook-off type of event,” she said.

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