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Downtown Concord's Inaugural Hops & Heat: Beer & Chili Festival a Local Success

Nov 15, 2017 09:01PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Earlier this month, the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) held an inaugural Hops & Heat Chili event. This event included beer tasting, chili tasting, live music, and a chili competition. 

According to Holly Sloop, the CDDC's Marketing Coordinator, "We believe this year’s Hops and Heat Beer & Chili Festival was a great success for an inaugural event. We had fourteen chili teams and nine breweries that provided chili and beer tastings throughout the day with a rotation of three different bands on stage."

Over 250 tickets were sold for the chili-themed event, and little ones were allowed in with a ticketed adult, so there was an estimated few hundred in attendance.

When it comes to the Hops & Heat Chili Competition, the judges were the event attendees that purchased tickets. Participants had the opportunity to taste the different chilies and place their vote for their favorite, which was tallied up, to determine the winners.

The CDDC has high hopes that the event will return next year, Sloop saying, "The event was very well received based on the feedback from participants. We took down contact information from several attendees that want to sign up and cook chili for the next one! If the community wants to support this as an annual event, we would definitely work to make that happen."

The CDDC is always working to develop events and/or programs that introduce Downtown Concord to people that might not otherwise visit or be familiar with the district. "We believe this event in particular introduced Downtown Concord to many new faces!" Sloop told us.

Hops & Heat Chili Competition Winners

Best Vegetarian Chili Winner: Uncle Jim's Meatless Chili
Best Red Chili Winner: Morgan Ridge Railwalk
Best Non-Red Chili Winner: Bistro Catering 
Here's to many more events to come!

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