Is there anything better than a hot, steaming bowl of chili in the cooler weather? How about several tiny bowls? Fall and chili cookoffs go together like winter and hot chocolate. Coming up in September are three International Chili Society-sanctioned cookoffs around the state. First, the Doc Dowling Chili Cookoff on Sept. 6, which takes place as part of the Down By the River festival at Riverwalk and Veterans' Memorial Park in Shelton. Then, a weekend double whammy with the Connecticut State and Homestyle Chili Cookoff at New Haven's East Shore Park on Sept. 20, and the Zombie Biker Chili Cookoff at the Elks Lodge #771 in Middletown on Sept. 21. International Chili Society cookoffs benefit local charities, and the winners go on to compete at the World's Championship Chili Cookoff every year. More info at www.chilicookoff.com More Connecticut dining news here.
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