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Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off Not Just For Professionals   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 3, 2012

 

People's Choice Category Invites Amateur Participation

Farmington, PA (May 3, 2012) –  Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is once again hosting the Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, June 9th.  2012 will mark the third year for the festival which raises monies for the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department.  Although the cook-off is designated as regional competition reserved for members of the International Chili Society, amateur cooks are also invited to participate in the People’s Choice Community Cook-Off.   

“If you are always asked to make your chili for tailgate parties or family gatherings, you might be the perfect candidate for this Community Cook-Off,” explains Ashli Mazer, event organizer.  “In lieu of an entry fee, People’s Choice cooks are asked to bring three gallons of chili to share for both tasting and public judging,” said Mazer.  People’s Choice chili is very important to the event’s charitable cause as it will be offered as part of the tastings.  One hundred percent of proceeds raised through the sale of tasting kits will be donated to the fire department. The only recipe requirement is that the People’s Choice chili must be made with beans or a filler such as pasta to distinguish it from the ICS chili.

The People’s Choice Community Cook-Off winner will receive a plaque and a $200 Nemacolin Woodlands gift card. This year’s festival also includes a Restaurant Division Cook-Off category inviting local eateries to compete for prizes and of course, bragging rights.  In addition to the cook-offs, the Five Alarm Mountain Madness Festival features radio broadcasts, a craft fair, brewfest, family adventure activities, live entertainment and appearances by celebrity judges including Brett Keisel and Arron Asham.  Admission to the event is complimentary and chili tasting kits are priced at $5.00.

For more information or to register for the People’s Choice Community Cook-Off, please contact Ashli Mazer at 724-329-6387.

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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 320 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 31,000 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 www.nemacolin.com or call 866-399-6957.

International Chili Society
The International Chili Society (ICS) is a non-profit organization that sanctions chili cook-offs with judging and cooking rules & regulations. These events are worldwide and benefit charities or non-profit organizations. All winners of ICS sanctioned cook-offs qualify to compete for cash prizes and awards at the World's Championship Chili Cook-off held each year in October. The ICS is the largest food contest, festival organization in the world. The ICS has thousands of members worldwide who cook, judge and have a good time in helping raise needed funds for worthwhile charities or non-profit organizations. They are called Chiliheads! During the 2009 chili year, which ran from Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2009, the ICS cook-offs raised more than $1,110,026.00 for various charities. The ICS sanctioned over 200 cook-offs with over one million people tasting, cooking, judging and having a great time. ICS sanctioned cook-offs include three categories: Red (traditional red chili), Chili Verde (green chili) and Salsa. The ICS annually crowns a World Champion in each category.

 

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