BREWER, Maine — The Brewer Winterfest People’s Choice chili and chowder cook-off winners have been announced, and a newcomer took the chili title, according to Cindy Benson, co-organizer of the event.
The Red Barn in Holden earned the top chili honors, and the Muddy Rudder again took the chowder title. The Red Barn’s Sara Thompson created the thick red chili and Muddy Rudder chefs Scott McKenzie and Eric Eversole came up with a lobster corn chowder that tantalized taste buds, Benson said.
“We had at least 400 people come, which is double compared to last year,” she said.
An ice sculpture of a commemorative medallion created by Tim Pierce from the Samoset in Rockport took top honors in the ice sculpting contest, with Murry Long, an instructor at the McIntosh Atlantic Culinary Academy in New Hampshire, earning second place honors with a large Mr. Moose sculpture. Jeff Landry from the Portland Harbor Hotel took third with a carved whale’s tail rising out of the water.
Ice sculptor Jeff Day of Ice Designs in New Hampshire also had three creations, and all of the ice sculptures will be on display with lights at night on the Penobscot River end of the Muddy Rudder’s parking lot until the sun melts them away, Benson said.