Wolfe Island Annual Chili Fest
Celebrate winter on the island!
Lots of fun for the young and young at heart.
Each year around the end of January or beginning of February, the Island Chili fest Committee puts on the annual Winter Chili fest. The goal is to make a little chili, taste a little chili, and have a whole lot of fun regardless of how chilly it might be outside.
The day features the annual chili competition with chefs from across the island vying for the title of best chili cook. As well as chili there are hot dogs for less adventourous tummies and the ever popular wolfe-tails (deep-fried sugary goodness). Loads of good eating to be had.
In the spirit of the winter season outdoor activities are the focus of the day's events. There's skating, hockey and other games for youngsters on the ice. Ken White with his teams of horses and wagons show up so kids of all ages can enjoy a hay ride around the bay the village.
Don't miss Wolfe Island's annual Chili fest — our salute to winter fun on the island. All proceeds from this event go to provide funds for recreation facilities on the island.
Frontenac Islands Honours the WI Hockeyville Committee at Chili Fest 2012
This year for the first time Wolfe Island’s Chili Fest was held at the Community Centre Grounds in Marysville beside the new NHL sized rink with its icemaking machinery. (In the past held at the ferry dock with skating/sleigh rides dependant on a frozen bay.).
Chili Fest 2012 brought together chefs from across the island to vie for the title of “best chili cook” with witheir special recipes including fire-engine hot, wild-game, vegetarian and bison chili all offered for taste testing to a continuous stream of visitors prepared to vote.
At the same time the NEW rink appropriately provided the location for the presentation of an award honouring the volunteer WI Hockeyville committee for their community spirit and enthusiasm , attributes that took Wolfe Island on a wonderful adventure all the way to becoming one of 5 Canadian communities to compete to become the $100,000 winner in the 2011 CBC Kraft Hockeyville Competition. (Wolfe Island did not win the grand prize but was the recipent of $25,000.)
“No one will ever forget your efforts in bringing together the entire community in support of the further development of this wonderful rink through Kraft Hockeyville,” Frontenac Island’s Mayor Denis Doyle said in presenting the award to Hockeyville Committee members, Julia Crozier, Michelle Joy, Lisa Posthumus, Sharon Kane, Toni Vingar and Paul Hogan on behalf of the township ”It was an exciting time for everyone,”he added. Mayor Doyle also acknowledged the committee’s ongoing efforts to assist the WI Community Centre Board in its fund raising efforts presently focussed on a better Zamboni and (eventually) a roof over the rink.
As Chili Fest continued, along with the chili, there were hot dogs for the less adventurous, the ever popular Wolfe-Tails (a deep-fried sugary goodness), a special treat for all, and music in the background.
In spite of only a ‘close to freezing’ temperature, skating was in full swing throughout the day proving the worth of the rink`s wonderful ice making machinery. With no snow, horse drawn wagon rides around the site and through the village replaced the usual sleigh rides.
And at the end of the day, with the taste testing done and all the votes in, it was: Congratulations to Wolfe Island`s Mary Hulton, whose chili was voted ‘Best of the Day’.