The first annual Voice of Vashon Chili Challenge will be a great Vashon-style Sunday afternoon event in early November, perfect for some family fun on a chilly Fall day. VoV and a select group of chili masters will move into the lobby at Vashon Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 3rd from 12 to 4pm.
“Pretty much everyone loves some version of chili,” says Truman O’Brien, producing the event for VoV. “Some like it with beans, even three beans. Purists say it should only be meat and chili peppers. Vegetarians say beans only please. Some even add a secret ingredient. Those are the differences that will make this an exciting contest! We’re hoping a big crowd will turn out to cheer on their favorites.”
The chili cooks include seven of Vashon’s most popular restaurants and a proud group of three amateur chili aficionados. They’ve been invited to pull out all the stops and prove they, of all the others, make the tastiest, zestiest chili.
VoV Chili Challenge contestants include Camp Colvos Brewing, Snapdragon, Gravy, The Hardware Store, Earthen Bistro, Bramble House, Sugar Shack, Rik Reed, Truman O’Brien and Captain Joe Wubbold.
RiverBend will provide their special mix of bluegrass, Cajun and folk music. Nobody needs to miss the Seahawks playing Tampa Bay because the game will be playing on a big screen TV.
The event has been made possible by Event Sponsor Windermere Vashon. Camp Colvos Brewing is the Beer Sponsor and Palouse wine will be poured. Drink tickets can be purchased at the event and one free drink will be included in the admission price. Tickets are $30 general admission, $20 for seniors and students, and kids under 12 get in for free. Tickets are available at VoiceOfVashon.org/Chili.
The fundraiser will support daily operations of Voice of Vashon. It’s a people’s choice event so attendees will be the only judges. Attendees will vote with their dollars — one dollar counts as one vote for your favorite Chili Challenger.
“Of course it costs you nothing to listen to the radio or watch our TV station,” acknowledged VoV Executive Director Lisa Breen. “However, it costs our tiny non-profit plenty to keep our community service to Vashon Island going 24/7/365. We are committed to being your Island Connection and we need help throughout the year to keep that mission alive. Rent, electricity, insurance, stipends for technical staff, maintenance of our sophisticated electronics – all these things and more cost money each and every day.”
Voice of Vashon operates three community broadcast services. They include our wildly popular FM radio station, KVSH 101.9FM, plus our 1650AM Emergency Alert Station, and our community access television channel 21 on cable. All three are also available on the free VoV app and at VoiceOfVashon.org.