West Bay Rotary Chili Challenge on February 11, 2017

The event has historically taken place at the Camden Snow Bowl under a tent as this photo depicts from several years shows.

It may be chilly outside, but it’s chili inside…at The Sea Dog, this year for West Bay Rotary’s Annual “Chili Challenge” to be held on Saturday, February 11 after the Toboggan heats are done.

West Bay Rotarian Mark Masterson said, “Rotary is a world-wide organization whose basic tenet is to improve the lives of people both around the world and in local communities. The Chili Challenge is one of our many activities that support Rotary’s goals. This is our way of giving back to our community. All of our net profits that come from this event will go back to support the Camden Snow Bowl and the Midcoast community at large. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t have all of these great events going on in town.”

The hungry public gets to sample their gastronomic endeavors for the ‘Best of the Best’ for 2017. Chili samples will be served up from 4 p.m. on until the “pots are empty.” Judging will be by popular secret ballot cast by the tasters. Shameless promotion by the chefs is strongly encouraged! Look forward to the culinary creations from the Sea Dog Brewing Co. and Restaurant, Waterfront Restaurant, Marriner’s Restaurant, Waterworks Restaurant & Pub, Quarry Hill, the student chefs at Midcoast School of Technology, Camden Hills Regional High School’s ‘Wave’ Cafeteria and numerous others!

In the past, the event has taken place at the Camden Snow Bowl, but the organizers wanted it to be inside and downtown where everything else is happening that weekend, so The Sea Dog very graciously offered to host the event in their warm rooms upstairs.

“That way, you can have a beer with your chili, or if you want something else, you can order from the Sea Dog menu,” said Masterson.

There is a donation of $10 (at the door) for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under…… and you will get a lot of food!

All proceeds go to help West Bay Rotary support local civic non-profit and charitable activities.