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9th Annual Vermont Chili Festival

March 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Don’t miss the biggest celebration of chili in Vermont!

Saturday March 11th, 2017 • 1:00-4:00pm • Downtown Middlebury

The Vermont Chili Festival is the best (and most delicious!) way to enjoy a winter day. Join thousands of hardy Vermonters tasting their way through the closed-off streets of downtown Middlebury, and enjoy a festive atmosphere, live music, parties,  street performers, and more!

Award-winning chili. All-ages fun.

Historic downtown Middlebury will be brimming with chili from top restaurants and caterers from around the state. Meet the folks behind the award-winning recipes, enjoy all-ages entertainment and two HOT after parties- both with awesome drink specials and live music from Mellow Yellow at 51 Main as well as Snake Mountain Bluegrass and The Horse Traders at Two Brothers Tavern.

We’re turning up the heat!

A panel of judges will be determining the best of the best in all 6 categories of chili: Veggie, Beef, Chicken, Game, Kitchen Sink and Pork. Winners will each receive a cash prize and will go on to compete in the best-of-the-best Overall Winner category. The judges will also be ranking the new “Anything But Chili” category.

Everyone who attends the festival will be able to vote for their favorite chili and best booth. The top vote getters will receive a cash prize and the designation of “People’s Choice” and “Best Booth” award winner! Winners will be announced by MC at the end of the festival.

A great cause:
Money raised from the Vermont Chili Festival supports the community-building efforts of the Better Middlebury Partnership.

Chili Fest Sponsors:

Thank you to our sponsors of last year’s Vermont Chili Festival. This year’s sponsors coming soon!

Additional sponsors:
51 Main, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Stonecutter Spirits and Two Brothers Tavern, 

Chili Fest Vendors:

Does your chili have what it takes? Put it to the test at the Vermont Chili Festival! The competition will be judged by a panel of guest judges and winners awarded cash prizes. We’re also offering a cash prize for best booth, so get creative! This year, we are introducing a new judged category: Anything But Chili…time to show us what you’ve got! (Entrants in this category must enter a chili as well.) We are also allowing the sale of merchandise this year for the first time, which includes things like hats, t-shirts, specialty sauces, etc.

Sign up to be a vendor at the VT Chili Fest, the registration application is due by February 18, 2017.


Cash prizes for chili winners!

  • 1st place -$1,000
  • 2nd place- $750
  • 3rd place- $500
  • Each category winner gets $100
  • “People’s Choice” gets $500
  • “Best Booth” gets $200
  • “Amateur People’s Choice” gets $100
  • “Anything But Chili” category gets $100

Email questions to vermontchilifest@gmail.com



March 11, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm