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Did Someone Say…Chili? The 21st Annual Bands and Beans Benefit

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The Lake George Arts Project’s Bands and Beans Benefit

A Full Day of Chili and Live Music

Chili. Photo Courtesy What's Cooking America Okay, let’s face it: this winter has been a real bust. A couple of inches here and there, but, nothing compared to the amount we had last winter. Yet, it’s been cold at times and as it starts to warm up, nothing beats a great bowl of chili with some live music at the Lake George Arts Project’s 21st annual Bands ‘n Beans event. Vats upon vats of chili will be made by local restaurants and individuals for mass consumption on Sunday, March 4th from 2pm-7pm at Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George.

Approximately 1,000 guests are expected for this year’s event, with attendees serving as spectators and judges of the gallons upon gallons of chili competing for first place. The chili is placed into two categories: those made by individuals and those by area restaurants. Prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place as well as the President’s Choice and the Hot Stuff Award. Last year’s first, second and place winners were Rex & Tony’s and East Cove (respectively and both located in Lake George), with Melba Mae’s Riverview Inn in Hadley coming in third. The UpRiver Café in Lake Luzerne received the President’s Choice award while the Hot Stuff Award went to The Chocolate Mill in Glens Falls.

Over 40 restaurants and individuals will compete in this year’s event, including the Barnsider, Black Watch Steakhouse, Center Plate @ Gore Mt., Duffy’s Tavern, The Georgian, Log Jam Restaurant, Olde Post Grille, Raintree Restaurant, Ranchero’s Steakhouse and Cantina, and Samantha’s Café.

Keeping with tradition (now we get to the band part of the show) there will be two stages worth of live music throughout the day, featuring performances by Rich Ortiz & Friends, the Stony Creek Band, Dirt Cheap, Groove Therapy, Chris Ballini, Phil Camp, Chris Carey, and Tim Wechgelaer.

If you think you’re a chili master and feel up for the competition, then be sure to register by March 2nd and submit two gallons of chili at the very least. Entrants receive a free ticket, which are otherwise $20 at the door. For more information, visit, or call 518-668-2616.

Dave Bower is Co-Publisher of The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our new City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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