Prescott Park - The 25th Annual WHEB Chili Cook-Off on Columbus Day Weekend

On Saturday October 11th, Prescott Park Arts Festival will hold their much anticipated 25th Annual Chili Cook off, sponsored by WHEB. This year, nearly a dozen local restaurants will be participating in the event to see who will take home a brand new and locally crafted trophy with the highly coveted “Best Chili” award. Starting at 11:30 am, the 25th Annual WHEB Chili Cook-Off is hosted in conjunction with Strawbery Banke’s New Hampshire Fall Festival in Puddle Dock, just across from Prescott Park.

“The WHEB Chili Cook-Off has the perfect elements of New England Fall Festival; local restaurants, great beer, homemade cider donuts, and the whole community coming out in support of a great cause” says executive director Ben Anderson. “It’s a great event that wraps up our favorite season of the year. The changing leaves, crisp Autumn air, delicious food and incredible beer is the perfect celebration.”

The list of local restaurants participating in the 25th Annual Chili Cook-Off is one to tempt even the most lackluster chili fan. Restaurants bringing their best chili recipes will include The District, Marcia’s Jamaican Sauces, 7th Settlement, Dos Amigos Burritos, Fat Belly’s, The Soup Guy, The Portsmouth Brewery, Ri Ra Irish Pub, The Thirsty Moose Tap House, and  Cork n’ Keg.

Folks will vote on which restaurant deserves the coveted Best Chili Award and a recently crafted Chili Fest trophy compliments of the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, NH. This award is given to the restaurant that the public votes as their favorite. People’s Choice will also receive free advertising with WHEB. The Judge’s Choice award for best chili will receive free advertising with Taste of the Seacoast Magazine.

In addition to the delectable chili available to guests, When Pig’s Fly Bakery will be on-site providing fresh out of the oven bread samples, Cabot Cheese will offer a variety of their signature cheddars and The Prop will be selling their fresh, homemade cider donuts and hot cider drinks. American Lamb will be handing out free samples of their very own lamb jerky as well as inviting folks to join in the fun at their photo booth. To complete the classic chili and beer pairing, Redhook Brewery will be on-site with their perfectly autumn inspired craft brews.

Just before the 25th Annual Chili Cook-Off, Prescott Park Arts Festival and Seacoast Community School team up to host the 2nd Annual ISM Memorial Bridge Road Race. The 5K run will cross over the landmark Memorial Bridge and loops through the historic South End of Portsmouth. The race concludes at Prescott Park. All participating runners will receive $5 off entry to the Chili Cook-Off and NH Fall Festival, plus a Free Drink Ticket. Learn more and sign up for the Memorial Bridge Road Race at

The Chili Cook-Off starts at 11:30am and goes until the chili is gone.  The event is free for Prescott Park Arts Festival and Strawbery Banke Museum members, $17.50 for non-member adults, and $6 for children. Kids age 5 and under are FREE. Bring your own spoon or borrow a spoon from the Festival for a $1 deposit.

Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.
For more information contact Ben Anderson at (603)-436-2848 or