published Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Chili day ahead at Chattanooga Market — Sept. 29

Five local restaurants and caterers will serve up their best chili in hopes of taking home a trophy at Sunday’s Chattanooga Market. Also filling bowls will be several nonprofit organizations, which will pocket proceeds from their sales.
Five local restaurants and caterers will serve up their best chili in hopes of taking home a trophy at Sunday’s Chattanooga Market. Also filling bowls will be several nonprofit organizations, which will pocket proceeds from their sales.

IF YOU GO

• What: Chattanooga Chili at Chattanooga Market

• When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29

• Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd.

• Admission: Free ($2 chili samples, $5 bowls)

• Phone: 423-648-2496

• Website: www.chattanoogamarket.com

ON THE EPB STAGE

• 12:30 p.m. Bedhead & Blondy

• 2 p.m. Bucktown Kickback

Chili at Chattanooga Market may be an autumn tradition as much anticipated as the leaves changing color.

"It's a fall favorite," says Melissa Siragusa, director of marketing, explaining that the market will host local vendors and several nonprofits to a chili competition Sunday, Sept. 29.

"It's both a chili competition and sampling event with $2 samples or $5 for a bowl of chili," she says. "Several varieties will be available to treat even the most discerning chili eater."

Back by popular demand, she says, is Main Street butcher shop Link 41, serving chili made with the local artisan and cured meats it sells. Other contestants include R&V Wings-N-Things, Terra Nostra, Chattytown BBQ and Barton Creek Farms.

Plus, this year, the competition has been opened up to include nonprofits, which will keep the proceeds from their chili sales.

"We have a few teams signed up, including one Hamilton County school," she says.

Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Categories include Most Popular, Most Unique and Judges' Favorite.

"September has been packed with 'foodie' events, and we're finishing the month up with chili, a favorite," Siragusa says. "It's a great fall dish that allows folks to get creative, and our competition tends to have some interesting flavors."

Fresh fall vegetables from local farms, fresh-baked breads and other foods, along with handmade arts and crafts also will be available at this Sunday's market.

PLUG IN DAY

First Tennessee Pavilion is also the starting point for the second annual Chattanooga celebration of National Plug In Day. The latest electric cars, scooters and motorcycles will be available for viewing at Chattanooga Market when gates open at 11 a.m. Test drives will be available for some of the electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars and electric-assist bicycles.

Also on view will be CARTA's latest electric shuttle bus. Chattanooga's pioneering electric shuttle bus service turns 21 years old this year.

At 1 p.m., the vehicles will begin the FlashDrive parade on their way to Whole Foods, 301 Manufacturers Road. There, an Electric Tailgate Party will be set up under the solar charging canopy in front of the store. Music, refreshments, prizes and green-alternative exhibits will be included in the event.

Contact Karen Nazor Hill at khill@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6396.

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