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NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- The cold weather and snow are not stopping people in New Paltz from holding their sixth annual Water Street Market Chili Cook-off.
Nine professional chefs whipped up their best chilis for people to sample and judge.
Organizers with the Water Street Market say the event is held on the third Saturday in January which usually coincides with the coldest time of the year.
Event Organizer Theresa Fall says it's a great way to get people from the community together, all while benefiting local restaurants and the food shelter.
"Each of these restaurants are people who enter they're spending their time and money to make this chili. Local ingredients, they're using local beef and pork and what not, it's not an inexpensive thing to do. But they all come out and do it, and they love it and they have good spirit and energy about them," said Theresa Fall, Event Coordinator, Water Street Market.
The Global Palate Restaurant took home the win for most creative chili, while the Gilded Otter won for the best professional Chili.
Fall says typically around $1000 in donations are collected to be given to the Saint Josephs Church food pantry.