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Chili and Salsa Cookoff Jan. 14

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Special room rates at all four Forsyth hotels/motels could mean increased occupancy during the annual Great Forsyth Regional Chili & Salsa Cookoff to be held at the Hickory Point Mall. The Comfort Inn chose to go a step further and lower its prices even more for the Jan. 14 cookoff which attracts professional and amateur chili cooks from around the state and nation.

Mayor Hap Gilbert is spearheading the event while looking for more help as the daylong event unfolds. More sponsors are still needed as the International Chili Society (ICS) members, who will compete for monetary awards, begin to register in December at the ICS website. At the same time the cooks are registering, the Village will be looking for judges and celebrity cooks.

The disbanding of Forsyth’s committee system, including the Economic Development Committee which handled the bulk of the cookoff’s planning, means that the mayor is relying heavily on trustee participation and help from old and new volunteers to step forward to ensure the event’s success. “The timeline is identical to the ones in the past,” the mayor said of the event, which is entering its seventh year.

ICS members will begin cooking around 10:30 a.m. while celebrity cooks will be at the mall by 11 a.m. and ready to sell samples to onlookers once they have submitted samples to the judges. Awards for the celebrity cooks will be presented around 3 p.m. with selection of the winners among the international cooks between 5-5:30 p.m.

Net proceeds from this charitable event will be distributed equally between Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army. Last year, the two charities split $5,756.43.

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