There was plenty of going’s on in the streets of Islamorada last Weekend. Chili Cooks from all over the world attended the second annual Chili Cook- off to benefit the Moose Lodge in Islamorada.
The festivities started on February 11th Friday evening as the sponsors and Vip’s got treated to a Raven-Cajun Shrimp dinner by the famous Moose Lodge chiefs. This group was serenaded by band leader George Pollis of the Key West Steel Drum band and the Reel Ting Band to special version of “Brown Eye Girl “or “Chili Eye Girl”.
The professional chili cooks competed for fame and glory on Saturday and Sunday, February 12,th and Feb. 13, mile marker 81.5 ocean side in the arts district. This event was sponsored by the Moose Lodge for the second year in a row.
The Old Highway was closed off from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to host the event, which drew hundreds of tasters to the amateur booths and professional booths. The Chili Chicks were “Stirring Things Up” on the Dance Floor as they preformed there Famous “Chili Chicks Country Line Dances”. Reel Ting Band got things moving and grooving as special recording artist Lenny Llyod preformed his most recent Hit “Moheatas and Margaritas” Special Guest Star “Bob Bunz” flashed his Motown sounds of the late great James Brown that everyone got ever one grooving.
The cook-off featured seven tastes for $5 from among the various booths. White bean chili, hot and spicy, wild boar chili, alligator, and venison chili were among the concoctions available. The after party was a smash hit Sunday Evening as the “Chili Girls Went Wild” inside the Islamorada Moose Lodge.