By: Aimee Brasseur who is blogging from her iPhone because her charger for her Mac broke. So forgive her for all typos.
On Saturday, amidst a torrential down pour, I drug my dear, sweet fiance down to Waynesboro for the Chili, Blues, n’ Brews Festival. Warm chili on a rainy day. You can’t go wrong. And beer, well beer is good any time. Any time at all, my friends, especially when paired with some local Blues tunes.
So the chili. It was off the hook! There were 16 entries in the chili tasting contest, and your $15 online ticket (or $20 at the door) got you the tasting ticket, $3 beers, and live music. I didn’t try all the chilis, but what ones I did try were very tasty! The winner was Belly Achin Blues Chili, and they donated their proceeds to our local chapter of the Wounded Warrior Project. Great food, great cause. What a combo! The festival gurus put together a wonderful pie chart of the results.
Here I am posing with the winners from last year: Brothers from Another Mother Chili a.k.a. Dan, Dan the Picture Man and his best friend, Jeff.
The other portion of the festival was Blues! And even a little rain couldn’t keep the dancer’s spirits down. The crowd cheered when one of the blues artists from the night said, “You’ve got to be a hardcore blues fan if you come and listen in the rain.” I say, you’ve got to be a hardcore blues fan to dance in the rain. I’m so clumsy that I would be absolutely sure to have slipped and fell.
Though Brad and I enjoy many music genres, my favorite part of the festival was good, cheap beer.
Cheers! This is the Pumpkick by New Belgium Brewing Company. The New Belgium site describes this beer better than I ever could: “PUMPKICK is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing.” How very fall.
So bottom line, you should go to this festival next year maybe you’ll get lucky like Brad and me and get to
A) Jump in a big puddle
B) See Elvis.
or C) See a man dressed as a pepper. When I told him about the Shenandoah Valley Events blog, he happily posed for a picture. Elvis? I just grabbed that from the festival Facebook page.
See you next year!!