The Children’s Center has scheduled the 17th Annual Chili Chowder Challenge for Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Augusta Armory. The event is now the biggest, longest lasting, and most often imitated chili and chowder competition in Maine. The fundraiser began when a group of agency supporters organized a fun event for kids and families to raise money for the programs at the Center.
The fun-filled, family-oriented event draws an enthusiastic crowd anxious to vote on their favorite chilis and chowders from twelve to fifteen local restaurants and caterers. In addition to the culinary competition, which allows local chefs to compete for recognition in several categories, the event includes children’s crafts, a silent auction, and live music. Spots for competing restaurants are highly valued and awards hold great importance for them.
The Children's Center needs volunteers from set up at 8:00 a.m. to take down at 2:00 p.m. on the day of the event. The jobs vary from helping keep tables clean to counting ballets to face painting. The shifts are based on availability but usually run approximately two hours. Any and all help is much appreciated!