Due to increasing, important public health concerns, the Democratic Town Committee has decided to cancel its annual fundraising event, ChiliFest, which had been scheduled for Sunday, March 29, at the Recreation Center.

The 10th annual ChiliFest will be held Sunday, March 29, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Ridgefield Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Rd.

Visitors may sample chilis by amateur chili cooks as well as professional chefs from local restaurants. Participating restaurants include Southwest Cafe, Bareburger, Zawack Shack, Early Bird Cafe, Milillo Farms, 850 Degrees/Baja Cocina and The Ancient Mariner, with desserts provided by The Cake Box and Deborah Ann's Sweet Shoppe.

Amateur cooks can win prizes as they vie for the People’s Choice Award, based on votes from ChiliFest attendees, or the Judges Panel Award, decided by a panel of some of Ridgefield’s restaurant chefs.

Entry is free for amateur cooks, only requiring two gallons of the entrant’s homemade chili. Cooks of all ages are encouraged to enter. For more information or to purchase tickets go to ridgefielddems.org.

To enter the Amateur Chili Cook-Off, contact chili@ridgefielddems.org.

Sponsored by Ridgefield Democrats, the Chili Fest is a non-partisan, family-friendly event.

General admission tickets are $25/person (age 16+); Family Pack tickets that will admit up to 4 children ages 7-15 are $10; children 6 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at ridgefielddems.org or at the door.

This event is sponsored by Ridgefield Democrats.