An event that's always been a very popular annual fundraiser for the Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) will be returning this year after being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. I'm talking about an event I have enjoyed many times over the years - The Chili Bowl.

So what are you doing on May 1, 2022? CANO decided to bump the date from the usual first Sunday in February, leading up to the big football game that many enjoy, over COVID concerns. A bonus is that it SHOULD be much warmer on May 1 as opposed to having it on the typical chilly February date.

What's it all about? Lots and lots of delicious chili of all kinds. This is a chili lover's dream event so bring your appetite.

Here's how it works:
It's a chili-cooking contest and after picking out your favorite hand-thrown pottery bowl made by area artists and painted by volunteers, you visit the tables filled with all kinds of chilis cooked by area chefs and amateurs who know their way around the kitchen.

You get to sample as many of the different chili entries as you like, listen to live music, connect with friends and neighbors, and perhaps enjoy a craft brew or other beverage. Don't forget to vote for your favorite chili!

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The Chili Bowl will take place at the Wilber Mansion on Ford Ave. in Oneonta, NY on May 1 with more details coming as the event gets closer. For more information canoneonta.org.

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