FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5TH ANNUAL FIVE ALARM MOUNTAIN MADNESS CHILI COOK-OFF RETURNS
Largest event yet, with over 100 cooks and vendors participating in cause
Farmington, PA (June 5, 2014) – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is once again hosting the Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off and BrewFest on Saturday, June 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. Designated as a Regional Cook-Off by the (ICS) International Chili Society, the Mountain Madness event will welcome cooks from across the country as they compete in Red, Verde and Salsa categories. In its fifth year as an annual event, Nemacolin has registered the largest volume of competing ICS cooks, community competitors, local area restaurants, breweries and craft vendors.
“We are well over 100 cooks and vendors this year,” said Ashli Mazer, Director of Marketing at Nemacolin. “We began this event in 2010 as a community benefit event for the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. Over the past five years, the event continues to grow in support and participation and we have contributed nearly $25,000 to the Fire Department,” added Mazer.
Although the cook-off is the highlight of the event, Mountain Madness will also include a BrewFest featuring local and regional breweries, a craft fair, family adventure activities, live entertainment by the Ginger Beards and Lovebettie and Celebrity Judges including Pittsburgh Steelers Brett Keisel, Cameron Heyward and David DeCastro.
The traditional “Lighting of the Stoves” marks the start of the official competition as cooks from throughout the United States compete for cash prizes as well as vying for the opportunity to advance to the World’s Championship. Local residents are invited to test their culinary skills in the Community Cook-Off held in conjunction with this event. Festivities will also include a Restaurant Division in which local chefs and businesses can compete for prizes and more importantly, bragging rights. In addition to the Chili Cook-Off and tastings, guests can enjoy a wide array of activities throughout the day.
The Five Alarm Mountain Madness Festival will be centered near the resort’s Sundial Lodge. Guests may take advantage of the resort’s Adventure Center activities with the purchase of a specially priced All-Access Pass, $25.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Children (ages 12 & under). The resort will also offer special discount pricing on their newest amenity, the 3,000 foot Fatbird SuperFlyer dueling zip line. Admission to the Five Alarm Mountain Madness Festival is free of charge. Chili Tasting Kits are available for $5.00 with all proceeds being donated to the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department and $20.00 for BrewFest Tasting Kits, which include the Chili Tasting Kit. A portion of Brewfest revenues and various raffles throughout the day will also benefit the firemen.
For more information or to register for the Community and Restaurant Cook-Offs, please contact a Resort Sales Specialist at 800.422.2736. For a complete schedule of the day’s events, visit nemacolin.com.
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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Nemacolin is one of North America's premier resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres, Nemacolin features 318 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private luxury homes, including the AAA Five-Diamond Falling Rock boutique hotel. In addition to the internationally acclaimed Woodlands Spa, the resort offers 36 holes of golf on two championship courses - the Pete Dye designed Mystic Rock and the traditional Links Course. Outdoor enthusiasts should visit our 30-station Shooting Academy, a sporting clays facility situated on 140 acres complete with a spacious lodge. Trail rides are available at the Equestrian Center, or for a more rugged trail experience, there’s the JEEP® Off-Road Driving Academy. Guests can test their luck at our Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, featuring approximately 600 slots and 28 table games. As the seasons change, the Sundial Lodge kicks into high gear offering downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and for an unexpected winter experience, visitors can enjoy dog sledding. Nemacolin also boasts an impressive collection of 15 restaurants and lounges, including the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond, Lautrec as well as a multi-million dollar art collection. For meetings and events, Nemacolin offers 32,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities including three ballrooms, a 200-seat lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms - making Nemacolin the ideal setting for functions ranging from weddings to sales meetings. For those guests arriving by air, our on-property private airfield with 3,900-foot airstrip is available. For additional information, please visit our website at nemacolin.com or call 866-399-6957. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.
International Chili Society (ICS)
Founded in 1967, the International Chili Society is an organization that sanctions nearly 200 chili cookoffs each year that are governed by ICS rules and regulations and a blind judging process. These events are worldwide and benefit charities or non-profit organizations. Local winners of ICS sanctioned cookoffs qualify to compete for cash prizes and awards throughout the year. Top-level winners compete for a total prize package of $55,000 at the World’s Championship Chili Cookoff held each year in October. One million spectators a year participate in ICS events by cooking, tasting, judging and having a good time. Sanctioned cookoffs include three categories: Traditional Red Chili, Chili Verde (green chili) and Salsa. The ICS crowns a World Champion in each category.