Halifax Lights Festival’s Chilli Warm-Up Announces Winners

December 04/18
Halifax Lights Festival’s Chilli Warm-Up Announces Winners

DHBC's Halifax Lights Festival 2nd Annual Chilli Warm-Up held on Sunday, December 2, was a great success with hungry visitors enjoying hot chilli and cornbread outdoors on Argyle Street.

Participating businesses sold chilli and cornbread as well as offered free samples to the public. Each participating restaurant was eligible to win the titles of “Best Chilli” and “Best Cornbread,” and “People’s Choice” in Downtown Halifax. Businesses that prepared chilli and cornbread were: Durty Nelly’s, Gahan House, The Auction House, The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, The Carleton, The Exchange on Hollis, The Split Crow, and Verano Food Purveyors.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges through an anonymous process. The judges were: Tony Mancini, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for District 6 – Harbourview-Burnside-Dartmouth East; Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director; and Barbara Broome, Conference Services Manager with The Prince George Hotel. The public also had the opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” chilli.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Best Chilli – Verano Food Purveyors
Best Cornbread – The Auction House
People’s Choice – Verano Food Purveyors

“It was a fantastic day,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “The crisp weather made for the perfect atmosphere for a chilli cook-off. As one of the judges, I can attest to the fact that the judges took the voting very seriously. The public was also enthusiastic in their voting and everyone left with full stomachs. The event also showcased some of the creative culinary skills we have at our Downtown restaurants.”

The Halifax Lights Festival concludes this Saturday, December 8, with family-friendly events on Argyle Street and in Cornwallis Park. The carollers final performance will be on December 21 and Splendour in the Park, a winter-themed, nightly interactive music and light show in Cornwallis Park will run until January 2. Donations are accepted for the Navigator Street Outreach program during the events on Argyle Street.

Special thanks to Wilsons Home Heating for providing outdoor heaters during all of the Halifax Lights Festival events taking place on Argyle Street.

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.