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(From left to right) Pat’s Peak General Manager Kris Blombeck, Henniker Rotarian Lisa Hustis and Town Administrator Tom Yennerell greet the crowd. Courtesy photo.




 12th Annual “Fire on the Mountain” Henniker Rotary Chili Fest

When: Sunday, Aug. 24, at 12:30 p.m. Awards are handed out at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Pat’s Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker
Admission: Costs $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 10 and under, free admission for toddlers and infants 




Getting spicy
Taste and vote at Chili Fest competition

08/21/14



Prepare your tastebuds for the 12th annual Fire on the Mountain in Henniker. On Sunday, Aug. 24, Henniker Rotary is hosting its annual Chili Fest competition at Pat’s Peak Ski Area with 35 chilis prepared by professional chefs and restaurants as well as amateur chefs — and you can try them all.
 
Nathan Robbins was encouraged by his boss at the Manchester Barnes & Noble to enter the amateur category last summer. As a first-time contender, Robbins won second place from the judges as well as the People’s Choice award with his own version of a Texas jailhouse chili.
 
“I was a little surprised that I actually won last year,” said Robbins. “It’s very rewarding when you make something you think is delicious, and other people agree. … [This year] I’ll be doing the same red chili, I think, because people liked it — but this time I think I’ll make enough so I’ll have some for myself.”
 
This year, Mike Morin (formerly of 95.7 WZID) and chef Nicole Barreira of T-Bones and Cactus Jack’s restaurants will return to judge, and they’ll be joined by newcomer Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire Magazine.
 
“They all bring their individual palates to the table,” Henniker Rotary Club Marketing Chair Ruth Zax said. “We make all the chili makers aware of what the judges are looking for.”
 
The judges will be tasting and scoring the chilis based on appearance, texture, the balance of herbs and spices, overall taste and aftertaste.
 
While the judges award first, second and third place in both the amateur and professional categories, festivalgoers also get to vote for their own favorite chilis for the People’s Choice award.
 
“I think the amateurs and the professionals are much more excited about being named the People’s Choice than they are the judges’ choice, which is interesting,” Zax said.
 
“There were people making chili that were pretty creative [last year],” Robbins said. “If you go to Chili Fest, you might find stuff there that might not meet your definition of chili. … If you don’t like one, there’s 20 more for you to try later.”
 
Between tasting chilis with names like New Pork State of Mind and Hillbilly Chili, Zax recommends eating soda crackers, staying hydrated and drinking beer to cleanse the palate. Pat’s Peak provides a beer tent, but if you need a break from the heat, you can check out the car show (back by popular demand) and craft vendors, or bring younger chili tasters to the KidZone.
 
There’s also more to eat than just chili. New food vendors this year include Arnie’s Place of Concord, which will serve barbecue, and J.R.’s of Keene, which will serve roasted corn.
 
Chili Fest not only has plenty of good eats, but it’s also Henniker Rotary’s largest fundraiser. The rotary donates proceeds raised by the festival to mostly local and a few international organizations. 
 
“It does attract people from all around the region. In the beginning it was mostly people out of Henniker and Hillsborough making chili,” Zaz said. “But that’s not the case at this point.” 

 






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