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Annual Great Mac & Chili Challenge Norwalk

January 26 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Annual Great Mac & Chili Challenge Westport

The Annual Great Mac & Chili Challenge will be held on Sunday, January 26th at the new SoNo Collection at 100 N Water St, Norwalk, Connecticut.

The Mac & Chili Challenge is where you’re a judge.  When you arrive you’ll be given a spoon and access to the new digital voting site via your cell phone (if you don’t have a cell phone, they will have a kiosk on site) Then you enjoy unlimited sampling of 20 different mac’s and chili’s rating them on a scale from 7 to 10.5.  The entrees with the highest average rating in our three categories (Classic Chili, Creative Chili, plus Mac & Cheese) will be named a champion.

Beer: beers from New Belgium Brewing originators of both Fat Tire Amber and Belgium While Ales and the popular Voodoo Ranger IPA will be available for purchase. Beer will be limited to two (2) twelve ounce cups per person for an additional $5 each (21 and older) at the event.

Tickets are Sold Online Only!

Like Chowdafest, everyone gets a spoon, pencil and a ballot when they check in. They enjoy unlimited sampling of up to 20 different chili and mac n’ cheese entries from great local restaurants.

$20 Adults online only
$5 Kids 6-12

The event will benefit Food Rescue US in the ongoing fight against food insecurity. The Great Mac & Chili Challenge is rain or shine and will be under the pavilion if the weather is inclement.

Bonus: Purchase a minimum of two (2) adult tickets and receive a FREE steel muffin tray/sample holder with your ticket! Pick up your tray at the entrance and proof of this ticket.

The event has origins as Chilifest but when Keenan added the mac ‘n cheese component, they needed to change the name and wanted to stay away from the word fest. “When we started Chowdafest, there were no other fests around but now everyone calls their event a fest. We wanted this event to stand out plus personally, we wanted to pay homage to one of the best things about this time of year – “The Great Pumpkin” by Charles Schultz. Who doesn’t love Linus staying up all night to catch the Great Pumpkin? Maybe you’ll find him at the Great Mac & Chili Challenge” he laughed. Tickets are also available at the door.


January 26
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sherwood Island Connector
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