Hello my friends! I am loving the weather right now…the cooler air always makes me crave a good home cooked meal and warm tea or apple cider. Chili is one of my favorite dishes to make this time of year. While I still haven’t had the chance to make my own batch I did make my way to Atlanta’s chili cookoff, also known as Chomp and Stomp, this past weekend. And let me tell you…I ate enough chili to satisfy my craving for at least a couple of weeks.
The Chomp and Stomp festival kicks off with an early morning 5K…for the past two years I have tried to participate in this run, but it sells out so quickly I haven’t had the chance. Next year is my year, I am making that a promise now! The day is then followed by three streets of chili vendors…two of individual contestants and one of local restaurants. There are beer trucks, bluegrass music stages, playgrounds for kids and people as far as your eyes can see. For $5 you can eat chili to your heart’s content. I didn’t even make it down one full street before my stomach was screaming for me to stop…too much too early in the day! My favorite chili this year hands down goes to Fox Brothers. Known for their bbq I would not have pinned them as experts in chili, but let me tell you…I had three helpings…it was pretty tasty.
We spent most of the day hanging out in front of the music stage, visiting with friends, meeting some of their babies for the first time and enjoying a beverage or two. The weather was beautiful and I couldn’t have asked for a better setting to catch up with people I haven’t seen in months. We ended the day grilling out with friends, watching football and playing cards. It was a bit calmer than years past (last year’s account is here) and exactly what I needed.