Two years ago, we left the comfy confines of the Webster Bank Arena because we sold out Chowdafest and turned thousands away from even parking their cars. As you know, we moved the event outdoors because there was no indoor facility big enough to hold all the chowder-lovin fans.
Well, that meant moving the date too because it would be no picnic holding the event outdoors during the winter. This meant abandoning our beloved Super Bowl date. The Super Bowl doesn't kick off until 6:30 and it's a dead day as most people are waiting to go out or have people over.
You wouldn't believe how many emails we got about ruining their Super Bowl Sunday as there isn't a fun event to go to before things kick-off that night. Well, my friends at the Turtle Shell Fund inquired whether I'd bring back Chilifest and help them raise much needed funds so they can continue to promote the education of young people in art, music, theater, skilled craft and other creative pursuits in order to create a rich cultural heritage for tomorrow.
Chilifest was reborn (I had run it for a couple years but discontinued it as Chowdafest became so much bigger and they shared a similar time frame). Last year was a big hit and this year, with the addition of the new Mac 'n Cheese competition, we expect it to be even bigger. Check out all the details at www.MacChilifest.org and hope to see you there.
Jim Keenan: Creator and Chief Chowda-head.