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Chocolate teacups at 1785 Inn. Barbara Sisson photo.




Chili and chocolate

Chilly Chili Cookoff 
When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Gibson Center 14 Grove Street, North Conway; and new North Conway Community Center (across the street from one another)
Tickets: Wristbands $15 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under. VIP costs $30. All wristbands include chili cook-off admission, chili tasting and a chance to vote.
Visit: chilistroll.com 
 
Mount Washington Valley 
Chocolate festival
When: Sunday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Along the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoeing Foundation Trails, Intervale
Tickets: $30 per person in advance, $35 day of (includes festival and trail pass)
Visit: mwvskitouring.org/Chocolate-Festival.html#food




Foodie twofer
Two food festivals, one weekend

02/25/16
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 Head north for a weekend of chili and chocolate in the Mount Washington Valley as two annual February festivals invite folks to get out and sample both savory and sweet.

Marti Mayne, PR manager for the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, said that having a weekend of back-to-back food festivals wasn’t originally planned.
“I think it was really more of a [coincidence] this year. … It just fell into place that way and not by design,” she said. “But when the Chamber realized both of these things were happening they thought it would be a great way to focus on the wonderful food happenings.”
One is the Chocolate Festival, an annual event where up to 1,000 people are expected to ski, snowshoe or walk from business to business along the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoeing Foundation trails to sample sweet treats.
“The idea is you get to eat chocolate guilt-free,” Mayne said. 
The stops along the trail include Stonehurst Manor, Riverside Inn and 1785 Inn, along with some other businesses like the Local Grocer Cafe, Ragged Mountain and Bavarian Chocolate House, each of which offers the festival-goers their own chocolatey treats like chocolate fondue with cake and fruit dippers, chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate bark, chocolate mousse, chocolate-covered bacon and hot cocoa, as well as some gluten-free options.
“Chocolate has a universal appeal,” she said. “There are so many different things you can do with chocolate.”
Complementing the sweetness of the chocolate festival, the Chilly Chili Cookoff returns with more than 40 professional and hobbyist chefs competing for the titles of best chili and best cornbread. Originally called the Chili Stroll, the event was designed to draw folks to the valley  and North Conway Village during February vacation weeks and for a couple of years was host to an International Chili Association sanctioned event. But as the cookoff grew, the tightly regulated event turned out not to be a suitable match for the festival.
“Their rules didn’t really fit, so this year that element has been removed and it’s really just a way to taste a lot of chili — chili and cornbread,” Mayne said.
White chilis, spicy chilis, meat chilis and vegetarian chilis will be served as samples to the guests who elect a people’s choice, and the judges, who will base their decision for the winners on aroma, consistency and taste. 
Each chili cook brings enough samples to feed 500 people, though Mayne said one would be hard pressed to try every chili.
“It’s tough, especially because there is … cornbread too,” she said.
Past cornbread offerings have been creative, like a lemon jalapeno cornbread and sweet cornbread with currants. 
The final competitive aspect of the cookoff is for the displays.
“[The] displays are fabulous, they bring in little props and music and dress up in great costumes, it’s really lively ...those displays have gotten more and more elaborate as the years go on,” Mayne said. 





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