The 2017 Henniker Rotary Chili Fest is Sunday, August 20, 2017

Judging Criteria

Our panel has established the following six criteria by which chili will be judged. This is a blind taste test. The judges will not know who made the chili until after they have tasted each sample and scored the chili on:

Does it look appealing?

The sniff test

Unusual ingredients or presentation (white bean chili, moose meat chili, etc)

Not too thin or thick. Texture of meat should not be tough or mushy

Blending of spices and how well they have permeated the meat. Should have good flavoring and chili pepper taste (not too hot or not too mild)

Persistence of a sense of flavor, should not be bitter or metallic, the hotness factor


A special award will be given to the best decorated Chili Booth in each division. Best Booth Display will be judged by honorary judges selected by the Henniker Rotary Club using the following criteria:
  • Appropriateness to the Team Theme
  • Overall Design Elements
  • Use of Color
  • Originality

Mark Sunday, August 20th, 2017 on your calendars and prepare to join your neighbors and friends in this annual family friendly event at Pats Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, NH

Proceeds from the annual Chili Fest support local, national and international projects sponsored by the Henniker Rotary Club and Rotary International.