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Contact: Ashli Mazer
Event Continues to Grow and Support Local Cause
Farmington, PA (May 21, 2013) – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is once again hosting the Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, June 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Designated 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 Chili, Verde Chili and Salsa categories. Although the cook-off is the highlight of the day, the event will include a Brewfest featuring local and regional Breweries, radio broadcasts, a craft fair, family adventure activities and live entertainment. A number of Pittsburgh athletes and broadcast personalities are donating their time to help select the winning cooks in three categories.
“When we began this event back in 2010, we knew that we wanted to create a festive day for our guests and community, as well as tie in a give-back element”, said Chris Plummer, General Manager. Proceeds from the Cook-Off will again benefit the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. “Last year’s event was very significant as the Fire Department was instrumental in controlling the massive blaze that destroyed our ski lodge in February of 2012. This year it will be more of a celebration as our new Sundial Lodge stands in its place.” added Plummer. Over the past two years, the Mountain Madness Cook-Off has generated more than $18,000 in contributions for the department.
This year’s Cook-Off will feature appearances by well-known athletes and personalities. Pittsburgh Steelers Brett Keisel, Cameron Heyward and Doug Legursky, have graciously agreed to support the event and the Farmington VFD by participating as celebrity chili judges. The field of judges also includes regional food writers, Clear Channel radio personalities and WTAE-TV’s morning anchor, Michelle Wright, who will not only test her palate but will be on hand to emcee the awards ceremony.
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 Chili 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 tasting, guests can enjoy a wide array of activities throughout the day.
This year’s Five Alarm Mountain Madness Festival will be centered near the new Sundial Lodge which reopened in December 2012. This new event layout will allow guests to take advantage of the adventure center activities with the purchase of a specially priced All Access Pass. Live musical entertainment will include The Delaney’s and the Travis Minnick Band, while WDVE will provide broadcast music throughout the day. Crafts and carnival games are planned for children while adults are invited to taste a variety of signature beers at the festival’s Brewfest.
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. A portion of Brewfest revenues and various raffles throughout the day will also benefit the firemen.
To register for the Community and Restaurant Cook-Offs, please contact Ashli Mazer at 724-329-6387. For a complete schedule of the day’s events, visit nemacolin.com.
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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Nemacolin Woodlands is one of North America's premier resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres, the Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond resort features 318 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses, and private luxury homes, including the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond, Falling Rock boutique hotel and clubhouse. 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. For shooting of another sort, guests 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 offering guests the ultimate in off road adventures. For shoppers there are 14 specialty shops, plus nearby Uniontown boasts the ultimate outdoor store, Woodlands World. As the seasons change, our ski facilities for both downhill and cross-country enthusiasts, snowboarders and snow tubers kick into high gear, or for a different winter experience visitors can enjoy dog sledding. Nemacolin Woodlands 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 Woodlands offers 32,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities including four ballrooms, a 200-seat lecture hall, and 24 meeting rooms - making Nemacolin Woodlands 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.
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.