Annapolis Weekend Includes Chili Tasting

If you thought chili just consists of groundbeef, tomatoes, onion, beans, and spices; think again. Yesterday afternoon at the Tomato Festival held at Homestead Gardens, I tasted chili made with shredded chicken and chili sweet and spicy with kernals of corn. The choice of beans ranged from kidney, and fava to navy and black beans and then there were several chilis with no beans at all. One tasted to me more like spaghetti sauce. Ever heard of Irish chili? Well Galaway Bay had a tasty version of spicy Irish stew which they called Irish chili. The Latin Quarter served their chili with fresh jalapeno peppers, The Westin bragged about all the poblano chilis and multi spices in their recipe, Plenty of chips, onions, sour cream, and shredded cheese at the various booths made tasting a fun experience, despite the crowds.
By the time I got to the salsa tasting tent, I was pretty tasted out. Besides which, salsa tasting means you’ve got to eat lots of chips and it was too hot a day for that. So I moved on to admire the various booths around the perimeter of the festival displaying spices, salad dressing, wine accessories, and cigars. It looked like everyone was having a good time and raising money for a good cause— the flower baskets the beautify downtown Annapolis.
If you want to know who won the various contests, check in with the Bent Fork blog at the website. Kelsey Collins, the What’s Up? Food Editor, was one of the judges and she’ll be sharing her comments.

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

2 thoughts on “Annapolis Weekend Includes Chili Tasting

  1. Congratulation to Geoff and Ann Riefe (and Geoff’s assistant dog, Theo, for hanging in there all day at the chili tent) for winning BOTH the People’s Choice Award AND the judges award for their chicken and black bean chili. Not only did they win two CHESAPEAKE CHILI prizes, they won BIG – “the totally obliterated the competition,” said Homestead Gardens staff. I couldn’t be happier for my West Annapolis friends who’ve been serving up this chili to us buddies at Navy tailgates for years. Geoff was chef to Governor Harry Hughes and was owner/chef of restaurants in Annapolis and Chestertown before his retirement a few years ago. Ann works at Anne Arundel Community College. They are quite a cookin’ pair!

    BTW, I have some great photos of the winners with Don Riddle, owner of Homestead, some judges, including the Food Network, and THEO, but I don’t see how to download at this site. I sent them to Homestead Gardens and the Capital Newspaper.


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