Seven years ago when we moved to the farm we wanted to have a kind of welcome party and decided to make it a chili cook off. Over the years it has developed into quite a party and something we look forward to hosting and attempting to make bigger and better each time. This year's chili cook off was a wonderful event! Each year we try to dial it in more, so that it becomes something very manageable, yet with some fresh new ideas.
This year was especially exciting because we had a blogger from The Boston Store come out to feature us in a little farm to table spread that they will be blogging early this fall. So much fun, I cannot wait to see it!
Of course, I could not resist taking a few pictures of them taking pictures of us. Hi Lisa! :)
Since just more than half of our 111 guest this year are kids we added a couple of new games to the standard basketball, badminton (I had absolutely no idea it was spelled this way!), volleyball and trampoline. We did a lawn painted twister game, and a space for giant Jenga. Both of the new areas were well used, and fun to watch.
We had nine chilies and six pies this year and I have to say that all of the contenders out did themselves! The winning chili was a chili verde and the winning pie was key lime. Each of the winners got a couple of goodies to take home as well as bragging rights and the trophies (the stuffed pig and golden rolling pin in the first picture) for their event which they will sign and bring back next year. I wonder what little touches we will add for the next one? Stay tuned.