GRAFTON, Mass. - Anyone who has attended a chili challenge knows there will be a lot of heat stirring in the pot. Thankfully Kathleen Goddard, who is sponsoring and organizing such an event in North Grafton, is a licensed first responder trained by the fire department.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, from noon to 5 p.m., the first ever Chili Challenge and Fall Festival will be held in the parking lot of Gourmet Creations, a made-from-scratch pie and cake shop located in the North Grafton Shopping Center (also home to Danielle’s Pub), at 217C Worcester Street.
The event, sponsored by the North Grafton Business Association, will feature more than 10 local businesses showing off their chili talent. Kathleen Goddard, owner of Gourmet Creations, will feature a pumpkin chili which she perfected while tailgating in the Gillette Stadium parking lot before the Patriots game.
“My brother has season tickets so I’ve had a lot of practice,” Goddard said.
Other participants include Danielle's Pub, Sir Loin’s Butchery and Deli, Goretti’s Supermarket, Grafton American Legion Hall, culinary students from Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, and others.
No one else is revealing what their secret ingredients will be in their chili, but expect a lot of heat.
The entrance fee is $4 and aside from the chili challenge there will be a Ms. Hot Tamale Pageant, a pumpkin painting exhibit, live music, and apple bobbing. Bring your wallet; there will also be a silent auction for gift certificates and gift baskets supported by local businesses’.
All money raised will support the Grafton Food Bank.
For more information, call Kathleen Goddard at 508-839-7100.