Behind the Scene – 9th Annual Chili Willy Cook Off
Harmony Square Brantford and Dalhousie Street were packed with people tasting 17 varieties of chili from local restaurants and organizations on Sunday, February 28th.
This 9th annual event featured a cool breeze, but beautiful weather, which brought record crowds to the event. Over 3,000 people came to the Square, 1,300 more people then the previous year. Event organizers had to run out twice to get more bowls and still managed to sell out.
Owner of Strodes BBQ & Deli / Strodes Express, Brian Witteveen, was absolutely amazed to see the number of people come by for the event this year. Also one of the founders and sponsors for the Cook Off, he was happy to see the #BRANTastic number of families come out.
When I asked Brian about their plans for the 10th anniversary celebrations he said he couldn’t let those plans out of the bag yet. He only mentioned that it will be bigger and hoped to see 20-25 vendors out next year.
A special thank you goes out to all the organizations that came out to support the event as well as the sponsors. The money raised from the Chili Willy Cook Off goes to support local programming that happens each year in Harmony Square.
This year’s event had 5 award categories that were either judged on or voted for by participants. This year’s winners are:
The Mayor’s Choice Award
The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro – Brantford
For the Love of Chili (non-restaurant)
RiverView Terrace Retirement Residence
The Kick-back Award
Strodes BBQ & Deli / Strodes Express
Make sure to Be Seen at the 10th Annual Chili Willy Cook Off next year!
Submitted by: Jason Freeze
Photography by: Ida Adamowicz
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