Some 1,700 people turned out at the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs on a rain and sleet-driven Saturday to sample some of the best chili recipes and raise money for the Red Stocking Fund.

Chili makers came from as far away as Worcester to compete in the 29th annual event sponsored by radio station WMVY.

Organizers said more than $27,000 was raised for Red Stocking, the volunteer-run nonprofit that provides toys and clothing for needy Island children at Christmastime.

The Mariachi Mexico Lindo Band provided musical entertainment.

Winners were chosen in three categories.

In the amateur category, Wild Willie was the winner followed by Bob Costello and the Edgartown fire department.

In the professional category, the Quahog Republic came in first followed by the Black Dog and the Ritz Cafe.

In best overall chili (judged by Jenny Johnson, host and creator of Dining Playbook), the Quahog Republic was first again, followed by Wild Willie and the Lookout Tavern.

 

 

Source: https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2015/01/24/big-chili-contest-big-benefactor-red-stocking
Photo Credit: Peter Simon

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