Autumn leaves, mountain views and a pot of chili at the end of the road. It’s a combo that can’t be beat. Conkling Hall’s 2011 Chili Cook-off and Artisan Beer Tasting, on October 1 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. in Rensselaerville, will offer all that in one of the most picturesque settings in the Capital Region. Contestants will compete for the best chili in five categories: Traditional Hot, Traditional Mild, White (domestic poultry), Vegetarian and Local (three or more ingredients must be from local farms). A ticket to try four chilis is $12. New this year will be a homebrewer's competition and tasting! Homebrewers are encouraged to enter their brews and compete for cash prizes. And if tasting doesn’t fill you up, there will be Conkling Hall “house” chili and beverages for sale as well.
Contestants are invited to enter their best chili or homebrew. The entry fee is $15 per batch. Each chili entrant must bring 1.5 gallons of chili in a crock pot and a 12-foot extension cord. Brewers should bring 2 gallons (or as much as you can carry!). Complete information and on-line registration materials are at www.blacksheepdesigns.com/chili.html or by calling Tim Lippert at 518-339-6030. Registration deadline is September 28th.
This year, the Chili Cook-off will be paired with the opportunity to sample regional artisanal beers from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown and Keegan Ales in Kingston. Admission to the beer tent is $19 for those of legal drinking age only. ID will be required and checked.
Conkling Hall is a 160-year old historic center that offers cultural programming and space for such activities as senior lunches, exercise classes and children’s events. Net proceeds from the Chili Cook-off and Brewers Festival will help Conkling Hall continue to serve the local community.