Snow was in the forecast so participants of the sixth annual CAPPE ChiliFest fought off the cold snap with spicy chili, tasty baked treats and hot competition among cooks.
The event was a fund raiser for Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension, a group who put their efforts toward stopping the proposed extension of Pellissippi Parkway from its current terminus at East Broadway Avenue to an intersection with East Lamar Alexander Parkway.
In addition to the different chilis and a variety of beverages, there were tortillas on the skillet and made-to-order quesadillas. Visitors could also chose from a variety of home-made treats and were eligible for door prizes.
The CAPPE ChiliFest was both a contest and a tasting opportunity. The event was held at the Broadway United Methodist Church in downtown Maryville. Chili chefs competed for prizes in three categories: beef, other meats and vegetarian. Members of the public who dropped by voted for the People’s Choice winner and the Best Presentation winner. Judges selected winners in the other categories. Each of the four winners received a $50 gift card.
Omega Dogs, a band composed of Terry Bunde, Carl Gombert and Niki Schrock, entertained the audience.