2014 Chilifest

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2014 Chilifest

Who will take the traveling chili award for 2014?

Sept. 20 5-9p

Music by Rosbrook Studio

Last year was a blast!  Rosbrook Studio took over the music stage and put on one awesome show.  We were entertained by a range of bands from young kids to acoustic elders.  Rosbrook's holding down the musical fort once again this year.  It's a musical experience not to miss. Just like Gardenstock, Chilifest is picnic style so you can bring your own cooler, blanket or chair.  

Last year, new-comer, Michelle Musgrove took the traveling chili award for 2013.  Who knows whose mantel it will sit on for 2014. Each year the chili booths and eats just keep getting more creative and tasty. Year's past spectacles ranged from the Scarecrow Sisters delights, in costume Vampire chefs, offering mouth-watering, “Vampire Chili”, to the flip-flop footed, Wolfman, who, in addition to his wonderful “Wolfman Chili” took it upon him self to lug in a grill, roast up some scrumptious shish-ka-bob and saunter around feeding people.  Our guess, he'll be back at it again.  Two years running now, he's taken People's Choice.


For the second year running, Bill 'Wolfman' Wolfe of Dixon received the People's Choice award in 2013. Michelle Musgrove of Sterling won Judge's Best and took home the traveling chili award. Those interested in entering a chili should contact Bud LeFevre at Distinctive Gardens, 815-285-0014. Free to enter, deadline for entry is September 15, 2014.


On deck for music, Rosbrook Studio has lined up four regional bands to play throughout the cook-off. Sound will be provided by the famed Mark Twain and the Mudpuppys for your chili concert enjoyment.

5:00 p.m. The Lone Canary

The Lone Canary is a newly formed Folk/Americana duo comprised of Rockford musicians, Jesse Fox and Heather Camacho. The Lone Canary has an acoustic, rootsy sound echoing the styles of The Civil Wars, Mumford and Sons, Cory Chisel and Joshua James.

6:00 p.m. Catfish Dogs

Powerhouse singer Michael Duerst and guitarist Matt Fichter will blow your mind with an array of classic rock and roll, acoustic style. If you missed them at Gardenstock this is a must see.

7:00 p.m. KATG

This eight-piece band is a crazy group of co-workers and family who enjoy making music together. They cover a wide mix of music from the past 50 years.

8:00 Space Juice

Follow all that chili with dessert! Offering up the kind of music you can't sit still for, the brother's Quintana, (Camillo and Andres), round out the evening with some tasty tunes. Playing together for over 30 years, they slide out super groovy jams of covers and originals with a Latin flair and a dash of funk.


Pack those coolers, prep those taste buds, and get ready to experience the most creative cook off in town. It's picnic style meaning you can bring your own chair, blanket and cooler. Chili tasting begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. Many of the contestants come decked out in costume or decorate their chili table. Year's past spectacles ranged from the Scarecrow Sisters delights, in costume Vampire chefs, offering mouth-watering, "Vampire Chili", to the flip-flop footed, "Wolfman", who, took it upon himself to lug in a grill, roast up some scrumptious shish-ka-bob and saunter around feeding people. The Thom & Kris Hot Dog stand will serve up dogs to go with that chili. 


Named Premiere Music Venue of the Sauk Valley in 2014 by Chicago Music Radio, Rosbrook Studio is an artist co-op, with roots extending into the very beginnings of Dixon, IL and the Sauk Valley area. Its mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive environment where musicians, artists, and those who love music and art can gather and learn from each other. Rosbrook Studio strives to be a positive influence on the community by encouraging the use of the downtown area for increased cultural opportunities. Further it provides a place where anyone interested in music and art at any level or ability can learn from others who share the same desire to create. Throughout the season Rosbrook hosts art exhibits and musical events for the enjoyment of our members and others in the community.



5:00 The Lone Canary

6:00 Catfish Dogs

7:00 KATG

8:00 Space Juice

Chili Tasting: 5:00

Chili Awards: 8:00

Minimum $3 donation gets you in for the night of chili tasting, art and great tunes.


September 20, 2014


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