26th Annual Eat the Heat Chili Cookoff & Firefighters' Race

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Some like it hot!

April 3, 2016

Between the chili and the firefighters, this Spring Festival event is hot, hot, hot. Held slopeside at South Ridge Lodge, Eat the Heat includes live music, a chili-dog eating contest, firefighters' race, and the famous chili cookoff.

Firefighters from all around New England team up for this fun event to raise money for the Sunday River Community Fund. They race a Giant Slalom course on Lower Broadway on South Ridge in full turnout gear with a firehouse. Last year, the Jay Fire Department, Maine remained the reigning champs, with Bethel, Maine as the runner up and Auburn, Maine taking third place.

Chili chefs from the Bethel, ME area also serve up some of the best chili you'll ever taste in competition for the "Best Chili" and "People's Choice" awards. Last year's competitors included the Sudbury Inn, Roosters Roadhouse, Sunday River Brew Pub, Foggy Goggle, Camp, Sunday River Food Court, Cilantro, and the Phoenix. Samples cost $1 each and all proceeds benefit the Sunday River Community Fund.

The Suds Pub took home both the "Best Chili" and "People's Choice" awards, with Rooster's Roadhouse coming in at runner up, while Cilantro took third.