Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s (DHBC) Halifax Lights Festival Chili Warm-Up and Family Fun Day held on Saturday, December 16, was a great success with visitors enjoying hot chili and cornbread outdoors in the middle of Argyle Street.
Participating businesses sold chili and cornbread as well as offered free samples to the public. Each participating restaurant was eligible to win the titles of “Best Meat Chili,” “Best Veggie Chili,” and “Best Cornbread” in Downtown Halifax. Businesses that prepared chili and cornbread were: Boneheads BBQ, Durty Nelly’s, East of Grafton, Gahan House, The Auction House, The Pint Public House, and Verano Food Purveyors.
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges through an anonymous process. The guest judges were Mayor Mike Savage, Deputy Mayor Waye Mason, and Haley Clarke of Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar. The public also had the opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” chili.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Best Meat Chili – The Auction House, who sold out of their meat chili
Best Veggie Chili – Verano Food Purveyors, who sold out of their veggie chili
Best Cornbread – The Pint Public House, with a perfect score from the judges
People’s Choice – Durty Nelly’s
The Halifax Lights Festival concludes this Thursday, December 21, with the Quadrangle Carollers on Grafton Street, Argyle Street, Barrington Street, and Duke Street, between 6:00-8:00 pm. DHBC partnered with Make-A-Wish and collected $184.10 in donations on their behalf throughout the Festival.
DHBC launched The Halifax Lights Festival, a month-long celebration of the holiday season in Downtown Halifax from November 17 to December 21. The Festival’s anchor attraction is a winter-themed, nightly light show, called Splendour in the Park, which has enveloped Cornwallis Park with light and music, and will remain running until mid-January.
For updates and full schedule, visit downtownhalifax.ca/halifaxlights or like the Downtown Halifax Facebook page and follow @DowntownHalifax on Twitter and Instagram, with the hashtag #HalifaxLights.