Taste of Kingston | 23rd Annual Chilifest

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

This past Saturday, October 5th, Kingstonians made their way to Confederation Park for some warm hearty chili at the 23rd annual Chilifest where all proceeds went to Hospice. The weather was on the cooler side making it the perfect fall event. It featured local restauranteurs and chefs showing off their skills and competing in some friendly rivalry.  Live entertainment and even wagon rides, face painting and a bouncy castle for the kids were offered. Oh and an apple pie contest!

The 2013 winners:

 Best Tex Mex - Harper's Burger Bar
Chili meat cut large, no ground, no beans, hot & spicy.

 Best Family Style - Farm Boy 
Honorable mention - Fanatics Sports Bar
With beans, mild to semi-hot.

 Best Vegetarian - Sun Life Financial
Vegetables only, no rules on mild to hot or spicy.

 Best Original - Kingston Brewing Company Ltd.
No rules.

Best Ethnic - Sun Life Financial
No rules.

People's Choice - Harper's Burger Bar

Rosalyn's Top Picks:

1- Farm Boy
2- Harper's Burger Bar
3- The Grizzly Grill

How can you pass by the Fire Fighters serving up hot chili? You know you all went to their booth for more than their chili...

{Kingston Fire Fighters Association}

The Grizzly Grill chili was different in the sense that it was the only one where corn was prominent in taste. The extra crunch and pop of color did it for me.

{The Grizzly Grill}

Tex Mex Chili
House smoked Enright Cattle Co. brisket, local pork belly with house made cornbread, cilantro, lime, toasted cumin sour cream and Black River cheddar.

Heat level - 6/10

Harpers Burger Bar's chili sure had quite the kick to it after a few bites. The cornbread was sweet tasting, as though a condensed form of cake but with a bite of chili, their flavours combined resulting in an explosion of a taste that complemented one another.

{Harper's Burger Bar}

Original Chili

Local Wallace Farms beef, Seed to Sausage, sweet corn, peppers, beans, farm fresh parsley topped with cilantro cream.

Heat level - 3/10

While a tad runny and lacking in meat substance, Farm Girl's chili was still oozing with flavour.

{Farm Girl Mobile Food Co.}

With all those add ons, it's no wonder Fanatics Sports Bar received an honorable mention. More please!

{Fanatics Sports Bar}

Saved the best for last. 

Farm Boy was hands down my top pick as the addition of cool guacamole with the heat of the chili was refreshing. I honestly would try recreating this in my kitchen.

{Farm Boy}

Even with stomachs full of chili, I managed to share a slice of apple pie from Sweet Days Bakery. If you haven't been to their store, what are you waiting for?

{Sweet Days Bakery}


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