'Rolling on the River' Chili Cookoff at Middletown's Harbor Park May 6 to Benefit Veterans Causes

Large Crowd Anticipated for Family-Friendly Event on Middletown, Connecticut Riverfront Featuring Dozens of Competitors, Music, Entertainment, Activities and More

Family Fun!

Families, foodies, chili enthusiasts and supporters of Connecticut veterans from throughout the state are expected to descend upon Harbor Park in Middletown on Sunday, May 6, for the First Annual “Rolling on the River” Chili Cookoff, featuring dozens of competitors, music, entertainment and family fun for all.

Net proceeds from the event, co-sponsored by the City of Middletown and officially sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS), will benefit two Connecticut veterans causes, the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial in Middletown and House of Heroes Connecticut.

This is the first time this type of world-class chili competition event will take place at Harbor Park in Middletown and we're anticipating a large crowd for a great day of food and fun, all for wonderful causes.

Sue Martucci, Event Organizer

“We are thrilled to partner with the City of Middletown and International Chili Society to bring this fun competition and family-friendly event to the Connecticut River,” said Connecticut Trees of Honor President Sue Martucci, event organizer. “This is the first time this type of world-class chili competition event will take place at Harbor Park and we’re anticipating a large crowd for a great day of food and fun, all for wonderful causes.”

Martucci said it is likely that some of New England’s top chili cooks will be competing. Many will be in the area for the ICS’s New England Regional Chili Cook-off on Saturday, May 5, in Somers.

The Middletown event will take place rain or shine from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. In addition to dozens of competitor tables offering tasting samples, the event will feature music (DJ JP of The Hartford Connection as well as the Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords performing Broadway tunes), entertainment (karate, cardio and a variety of dance demonstrations), children’s activities (bounce house, ice skating at the City of Middletown’s year-round rink) and more. iHeart Media Communities’ and The River 105.9 radio personality Renee DiNino will be on hand from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and there will be a “Meet Sgt. Stubby” tent and photo-op banner for children of all ages.

Admission is $8 for adults and youths age 12 and above; $5 for children ages 6-12; and free for children 5 and younger. All paid attendees will be provided with tasting cups, afforded the opportunity to sample the chilis of dozens of chili competitors, given the opportunity to vote for their favorites, and be eligible for a discounted beer at The Canoe Club tent adjacent to the Chili Cook-Off grounds.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring a canned food item benefitting Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Middletown.

Registration remains open for chili cooks (including ICS members and non-members) far and wide wishing to compete in the event in a variety of chili categories including People’s Choice, Traditional Red, Chili Verde and Salsa. Monetary awards will be presented to the winners.

Sponsors and supporters of the Rolling on the River Chili Cook-Off include Middlesex Hospital; The Mattabesett Canoe Club; Connecticut Rental Center; Lawn Doctor of Middletown-Essex; O’Rourke’s Diner; Veterans of Korea, Vietnam and Saudi Wars, Connecticut Chapter 1; Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc.; Marine Corps League, Peter P. Monaco Jr. Detachment 40; Megson, Heagle & Friend; Goodwin College; Peter Gladis Consulting, LLC; Clear River Fuel Oil; Dennis Buden Public Relations, LLC; Nutmeg Printing and more. iHeart Media Communities and The Middletown Press are Official Media Sponsors.

Martucci emphasized that in addition to cooks, the event continues to welcome additional sponsors, vendors, and volunteers. Complete information including entry fees, contest guidelines, and prizes, as well as sponsor, vendor, and volunteer information, is available at www.rollingontheriver.com.

The Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial, located at Veterans Memorial Park on Walnut Grove Road in Middletown, offers a special and serene space to educate, honor, reflect and forever remember all who answered the call to duty throughout Connecticut’s history. The Memorial features a flowering tree and personalized, inscribed granite monument for each of the 65 Connecticut soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. For more information, visit www.cttreesofhonor.com.

House of Heroes Connecticut (HOHCT) recognizes, honors and serves Connecticut military and public safety veterans and/or their spouses through the provision of one-day, no-cost home repairs. Part of the national House of Heroes organization, the Connecticut Chapter has assisted 93 military and public safety veterans and/or their surviving spouses in 39 Connecticut communities and nine states since its founding in 2012. For more information, visit www.hohct.org.

Founded in 1967, the International Chili Society (ICS) is the world’s largest food contest/festival organization. The ICS sanctions and regulates hundreds of cook-offs across the country in categories including Traditional Red, Homestyle, Chili Verde, Veggie, Youth Division and Salsa. “Chiliheads” compete in ICS-sanctioned cook-offs hoping to qualify for the grandest competition of them all in October, the ICS World Championship Chili Cook-off (WCCC). This year’s WCCC will take place September 28-30 at Gateway Motorsports Park, St. Louis. For more information, visit www.chilicookoff.com.

Source: House of Heroes Connecticut

About House of Heroes Connecticut

House of Heroes Connecticut recognizes, honors and serves military and public safety veterans for their sacrificial service to our nation through the provision of one-day, no-cost home repairs. Registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

House of Heroes Connecticut
3000 Whitney Avenue , #Suite 233
Hamden, CT

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