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Brookline Soup Chili and Chowder Cook Off. Courtesy photo.




4th annual Brookline Chili/Soup/Chowder Cook-Off

When: Sunday, Feb. 18, noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Brookline Event Center, 32 Proctor Hill Road, Brookline
Cost: $8 entry fee for adults, $5 for seniors ages 62 and up and for kids under 12 (includes access to tasting all entries and eligibility to win raffle prizes)
More info: See “Brookline Chili/Soup/Chowder Cook-Off” on Facebook, or call 673-8855, ext. 215




Having a bowl
Brookline Chili/Soup/Chowder cook-off returns

02/15/18
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 If you missed Soup Night at the Brookline Public Library last month, a larger tasting competition featuring locally made soups, chilis and chowders is coming to town. More than a dozen amateur and professional chefs will showcase their creations at the fourth annual Brookline Chili/Soup/Chowder Cook-off, to be held at the Brookline Event Center on Sunday, Feb. 18, from noon to 3 p.m.

According to Valerie Rearick, Brookline town planner and cook-off organizer, the event was started by the town’s Economic Development Committee and has consistently grown over the years.
“We started the cook-off basically to promote local businesses and to get people together to have fun,” Rearick said. “It was very successful the first time and last year we actually ran out of food by the end. … I’d say we had maybe 300 or 350 people show up.”
There is a one-time entry fee to go around and sample all of the offerings, which Rearick said this year consist of five chowders, four soups and four chilis. Judging begins at noon; this year’s judges include a member of the town’s Rotary club, a member of the Lions Club and a member of the women’s club. But members of the public are also invited to vote on their favorite chowder, soup and chili as well.
“[The vendors] often get very creative,” Rearick said, adding that past entries have included corn, shrimp and vegetarian chowders, tortilla soups, smoked brisket chilis and others.
In addition to the entry tastings, a raffle will be drawn about 15 minutes before the event ends, with prizes like gift certificates to some of the participating businesses given away to visitors.
Local music group the Brookline Acoustic Jammers, who provided live music at the event last year, is expected to return this year, according to Rearick. The Friends of the Brookline Library will set up tables of their own to sell homemade cookies, brownies and other treats. Other features will include a cash bar, face painting, games and more.
Rearick said the cook-off is part of the annual three-day Winter Festival, held Feb. 16 to Feb. 18. The festival includes open ice skating, ice fishing demonstrations, cribbage tournaments, a spaghetti dinner and more, to raise money for the town’s upcoming 250th anniversary celebration in 2019. 





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