By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – The Crossroads Chili Cook-Off and Green Market at the Corinth Depot, two increasingly popular events to kick off the spring and summer festival seasons, return today to the open space between the Crossroads Museum and the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at Wick and Fillmore streets.
Dozens of cooking teams, including a number of local teams, have signed up to test their recipes and cooking skills to claim top honors in the International Chili Society-sanctioned chili competition, winners of which will gain automatic entry to the World Championship Chili Cook-Off.
In addition to competition in red chili, chili verde and salsa categories, a People’s Choice Chili Tasting will give the public a chance to sample chili recipes from noon to 2 p.m. at a cost of $5 per ticket. Teams also may register 7-9 a.m. on the day of the cook-off.
Vendors of handmade and homemade products also will have their wares on display for the season’s first Green Market.
The event brings vendors from a wide geographic area to Corinth to sell their goods, and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monthly markets continue on May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5, with hours 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A holiday-themed RED Green Market is planned for Nov. 16. Formerly a project of the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, both the chili cook-off and green market have become fundraising projects of local nonprofits.
Proceeds from the chili cook-off benefit the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter, and proceeds from the green market benefit the Crossroads Museum.
Crossroads Chili Cook-off and Green Market
WHERE: Open space between Crossroads Museum and Corinth Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wick at Fillmore Street, Corinth