11 Jan

Amazing turnout during this year’s Solstice Chili Bowl Bash

first_imgRyan Hennessey was one of the musical talents at the bash and says like many local musicians, he enjoys volunteering his time to give the community a taste of live entertainment.“That’s why the Fort St. John music scene is fantastic because there are lots of people like me who would be doing exactly this, probably at an event somewhere else,” Hennessey said. “It’s just part of the community spirit.”As for the 2 year chili champion, Chad Carlstrom also says he enjoys the opportunity to mingle with fellow Fort St. John locals. “You get a big mix of people coming out to this event and it’s a beautiful day, summer solstice, a great way to kick off summer,” Carlstrom said. Advertisement The centre piece of the bash were the hand made bowls, crafted by guild members, which each ticket holder had the opportunity to choose from, use for their chili samples and bring home. President of the North Peace Potters’ Guild, Heather Hannaford says the bowls are made by some talented, fairly novice students, and thanks to this annual event, the guild has increased their membership quite significantly.“These kinds of events show people what we can do and what’s available to them,” Hannaford explained.    – Advertisement -The Chili Bowl Coordinator, Britney Garberg says between crafting the bowls, coupled with the time in the kitchen with chili chiefs, the success of this event couldn’t have been done without both their commitments.“We had 200 bowls this year, which is amazing because usually we have about 140 – 150,” Garberg said. “It just shows how much our members are learning and they’re all getting their own styles.” Garberg adds that the chiefs were in the kitchen for a 3 hour shift, “opening cans, cutting vegetables, grilling…I think it turned out great.”Advertisementlast_img read more