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23rd Annual Fire On The Mountain Chili Cook-Off

By on July 7, 2014

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Snowshoe Chili Cook OffThe Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off is set to heat up Snowshoe WV for its 23rd Annual event. Besides being a great chili and salsa competition the event also offers live entertainment, fun & games for the whole family and the chance for contestants to win cash and other prizes against the top chili cooks in the nation.

An estimated 2,000 visitors are expected to participate in the mountaintop events and to sample a wide variety of mouth-watering chili. The Fire on the Mountain Chili cook-off is one of the most popular events Pocahontas County has to offer. Every year the cook off continues to draw some of the most talented groups of nationwide chefs from all around. Besides the red chili championship cook off, Fire on the Mountain also offers contestants the opportunity to compete in the salsa and green chili divisions throughout the weekend's entertainment. What can be better than two days of family fun, great food, live music, arts & crafts, games and cool mountain climate?

In order for contestants to participate in the Homemade chili events there are rules set forth by the International Chili Society. the cook's can utilize any ingredients to create their chili. The contestants are not allowed to prepare any ingredients ahead of time, they must wait until the competition begins before they can begin preparing their chili. There are some exceptions concerning some food items that may be prepared ahead of time and they are covered during the contestant meeting which details in depth the rules of the competition. The rules clearly state no meat may be precooked before the competition, however, contestants are able to use any type of meat they choose.

Snowshoe Chili Cook OffAny other ingredients must be prepared during the allotted time period. The contestants are allotted a 3-4 hour period to cook their chili before being presented to the judges. During the "contestants meeting" (prior to the commencement of the event) a sponsor will give the contestants their final instructions and any questions will be answered.

Each contestant is assigned a work station with a wash station to work with; however, contestants are required to bring their own pots & pans, spoons, fire extinguisher etc. They are encouraged to keep their stations clean to avoid any mishaps or fires.

Each contestant is required to prepare a minimum of two quarts of chili to be submitted to the judges for judging. The contestants are prohibited from teaming up with any other contestant during the competition to increase their chances of winning. If they are found doing so they could be suspended for up to one year.

Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off organizers go to great lengths to ensure a fair competition for everyone entering the competition. The contestants take great pride in their recipes and enjoy the pressures of vying for bragging rights and the chance to show they are the best.

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