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September 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm$20
Chili Fest – Saturday, September 18th
Prepare your taste buds – it’s baaaaaack!!
Join us for Bethlehem’s favorite Chili Challenge – Chili Fest in the SouthSide Arts District, Saturday, September 18th from 11am – 4pm.
Entering our 25th year, we are welcoming over 20 competing chilies to contend for the Title of People’s Choice Best Chili and the Celebrity Judge’s Top Choice! Chili Tastings will be stationed throughout the shops and restaurants on 3rd and 4th Streets, and on the South Bethlehem Greenway.
Beyond the chili – live music will fill the streets throughout the downtown, free children’s activities on the Greenway, and a Cops ‘n’ Kids mini festival at Northampton Community College’s Fowler Campus.
Join us on the Greenway and welcome back your favorite SouthSide event!
Participating Restaurants Include:
- Tally Ho Tavern / 205 W. 4th St
- The Bayou at A List Salon / 128 W. 4th St
- Roasted / 22 W. 4th St
- Sotto Santi / 10 W. 4th St
- La Lupita / 4 W. 4th St
- Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub / 4 E. 4th St
- General Zapata / 15 E. 4th St
- Godfrey Daniels / 7 E. 4th St
- Sokols National at Rise Above Salon / 333 S. New St
- ZEST bar+grille / 306 S. New St
- F&A Grog House / 117 E. 3rd St
- The Flying V / 201 E. 3rd St
- The Colony Meadery / 21 E. 3rd St
- Puerto Rico Beneficial Society / 205 E. 3rd St
- SouthSide 313 / 313 E. 3rd St
- Dinky’s Ice Cream Parlor & Grill / 312 E. 3rd St
- Café the Lodge / 427 E. 4th St (back patio off the Greenway)
- The Nest / 601 E. 4th St
- El Jefe’s Taqueria / 506 E. 3rd St
- Social Still / 530 E. 3rd St
*Chili participants maybe subject to change
11am – 3pm – Cops ‘N’ Kids Celebration of Reading
Cops ‘N’ Kids Annual Celebration of Reading and the Arts & Sciences
What: Free entertainment, free books, free food, crafts, science experiments and more!
Where: Northampton Community College Fowler Family SouthSide Center at 511 E. Third Street
For more information visit http://www.copsnkidslv.org
12pm – 4pm – Chili Cook Off Celebration
Chili Tastings will be stationed throughout the shops and restaurants of 3rd and 4th Streets! Pick up your passport at the registration booth located on the Greenway between Adams & New Streets or buy online today!
What: One passport buys you all 21 chili tastings and a vote for your favorite! Passports cost $20, and may be purchased online here, or the day of the festival. But don’t wait – passports could sell out! Buy yours today! Passports can be picked up the day of the Festival at the Registration Booth located across from the Parking Garage at 324 S. New Street, starting at 9am. Please bring a copy of your email purchase receipt to claim your Chili Passport. for chili tastings only.
Enjoy live music throughout the downtown and at our Greenway main stage! Free arts and crafts for kids, lawn games and seating all on the Greenway. Musician line-up includes:
The Greenway Main Stage – between New & Adams Streets
Seth Witcher – 11:30am – 1pm
The Beautiful Distortion – 1pm – 2pm
The Wonton Soups – 2pm – 4pm
Dinky’s Ice Cream Parlor & Grill, 312 E. 3rd St – Classic Rock Trio, Keith Quelet & Friends
Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub, 4 E. 4th Street – Acoustic Rock Artist, Doug Kaetz
The Colony Meadery, 211 E. 3rd Street – Acoustic Rock Duo, Claudia & Liliana
Café the Lodge, 427 E 4th St – Singer/Songwriter, Neil Grover
Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub, 4 E. 4th Street – Acoustic Rock Artist, Lorenzo Bubba
4pm – Closing of the Festival – WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Where: The Main Stage on the Greenway between New & Adams Streets
We’d like to thank our sponsors for making this festival happen. We simply could not put on Chili Fest without the support of: The Bethlehem Parking Authority, Lehigh University, UGI Utilities, and Wind Creek Bethlehem.
*Passport purchase is required to participate in the chili tastings. Passports can be picked up the day of the Festival at the Registration Booth on the Greenway located across the street from the Parking Garage at 324 S. New Street, starting at 9am. Please bring a copy of your email purchase receipt to claim your Chili Passport for chili tastings only. Your contribution will benefit the merchants of the SouthSide Arts District, and the SouthSide Arts District organization. No refunds. Event is Rain or Shine.