Winterfest Chili Cook-Off!

February 8, 2011 Updated Feb 8, 2011 at 10:09 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Winterfest Chili Cook-Off!

February 8, 2011 Updated Feb 8, 2011 at 10:09 AM EDT

The weekend of February 11th, 12th & 13th will be a celebration of the season, at the Buffalo Winterfest & Powder Keg Festival. The family fun returns to downtown Buffalo, with more FREE fun than ever before.

Channel 7 is a proud co-sponsor of the event.

Highlights include such activities as Igloo and Snowman building, ice sculptures, snowshoeing, and a Buffalo historical hike.
There will be horse-drawn sleigh rides, Broomball and Snow Tennis competitions, street performers, live music, food and drinks, a petting zoo, and a whole lot more.

Inspired by a similar event in the Jim Carrey film, Bruce Almighty, about a television reporter from Buffalo, NY., the team at the 2011 Buffalo Winterfest & Powder Keg Festival have
knocked off Hollywood by creating a real-life Mark Twain Chili Cook-off.

Thirty homecooks entered their original chili recipes for consideration. After careful deliberation, six WNY homecooks have been selected to prepare their chili for our judges in a contest taking place place on Sunday, February 13th in the Festival Food Pavilion located in the Merchants Mutual parking lot on the corner of Seneca and Main Streets.

Those selected will have several hours to prepare their recipe before it is sampled by our judges. At 2pm, the winners will be announced and the awards presented by Miss Buffalo, Jennifer Starkey.

Announcers:
Mike Randall of Channel 7's Eyewitness News, as "Mark Twain"
Christa Glennie Seychew, Buffalo Spree magazine

Judges:
Andrew Galarneau, food writer for The Buffalo News
Scotty Harris, chef & caterer
Joanna Pasceri, of Channel 7's Eyewitness News WKBW

Contestants:
Sheree Canfield, foreman, Buffalo - White Tuscan Chili
Dr. Mark Donnelly, Buffalo - Dr. Maddog's Fart-Free Chili for Ravenous Carnivores
Neil Gallagher, homeland security, Buffalo - Too Sauced To Pork Cajun Chili
Annie Levay, teacher, Buffalo - Organic Buffalo Chili
Juan Ortiz, high school senior, Little Valley - JR’s Home Grown Chili
Dr. Christopher Schaeffer, Buffalo - Mexican Black Bean and Butternut Chili