Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Quick Look at the Sedalia Chili Festival

This is what we were looking for.
Taking a big taste of one of the contestants' offerings.
Leah (right) with her sister, Glo, and Glo's husband John Swann. Chomp. Chomp.
Pineapple upside down cornbread. Swear to god.
Fashion was ... uh ... optional.
Taking a photo is a team effort.
Sun, mountains, color, people, chili. Good day.
Pensive Leah in the poetry garden at the Sedalia Center.
Mark Minuto's chili was, by far, the best.
This was not the oldest person attending. Promise.
This is what it was all about.
The Sedalia Chili Festival at the Sedalia Center in Big Island today mixed fall color, a  big crowd, good smells, loud music and some pretty good chili, topped by Mark Minuto's mixture that featured lean steak and apple cider.

Mark is an Edward Jones financial advisor based in Bedford and he brought in 75 pounds of raw steak, gallons of cider and a bunch of other chili stuff to produce a batch that would have won on my card at the Virginia State Chili Festival in Roanoke (I was a judge in the last one). Mild, sweet, smooth and rich. Good chili, Mark. Hope you'll register for the state tournament next year. This was better than anything I tasted there.

Leah and I went to the festival with her sister Gloria Swann and Glo's husband John. Here are some photos from the day.


  1. Vindication! When we didn't place in this contest, Mark was wondering if he should tweak his chili. I voted, "no!". I think we'll take your advice and head go Roanoke next Fall!
    Lizabeth Minuto (Mark's wife)

  2. Lizabeth: Good to talk to you today. I strongly recommend that you try the state fest. Many, many problems with the structure at Sedalia. The state festival in Roanoke is actually in June. Give it a shot. I think you'll do very well against people who know chili.