Ithaca’s 18th Annual Chili Cook-Off this Weekend!

What better way to warm up a chilly February Saturday afternoon than with samples of Finger Lakes’ finest chili recipes?!

Bundle up, and head down to the newly renovated Ithaca Commons, Saturday, February 6, from 11:30-4PM, for the 18th Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-off, featuring dozens of area chefs competing and serving up hot samples of chili to please every palate!

Chili will be judged by a panel of local notables, and all attendees will have a chance to nominate a winner for the People’s Choice Award.  Cast your vote for your favorite chili, sip on some local microbrews, taste fine Finger Lakes wines (bring your I.D.!), and browse goods brought to you by local farmers.

Get ready for some karaoke and a beard and mustache competition, plus enjoy an indoor Family Fun Zone inside the Center Ithaca lobby, featuring face painting, craft stations, and a roller skating rink!

Free massages by current students of the Finger Lakes School of Massage will be offered in the lobby of their brand-new location in the Rothschild Building at 215 E. State Street.

Pre-sale tickets are available at the Downtown Visitors Center (171 E. State Street), at all Collegetown Bagels locations (203 N. Aurora Street, 415 College Avenue and 329 Pine Tree Road), or reserve tickets at will-call with your credit card by calling the Downtown Ithaca Alliance at 607-277-8679.  You can also purchase tickets on the day of the event (cash only).

Come and warm up your bellies!

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