Cook off kicks off season

GLOVERSVILLE — Chili connoisseurs and craft beer fans can find the best of their respective worlds at a downtown event this Saturday.

The Cabin Fever Chili and Brew Tasting will kick off at 1 p.m. at the City National Common Building at 12 N. Main St.

Gloversville Downtown Business Improvement District’s Jennifer Voorhees said the event will serve as a fundraiser for the city’s first parklet, a wooden structure that takes up a single parking space and gives people a place to sit down out of the sun.

Voorhees said the first of its kind event was designed to give people a way to get out of their winter blues and enjoy the downtown.

“Between the holidays and summer, there is kind a blank space, because the weather isn’t really great and people are hibernating,” she said. “So we thought we are going to do something in March.”

Voorhees said the parklet will be located on the first block of North Main Street, just off the Fulton Street intersection.

Voorhees said there will be five different chilis from various community organizations that will be revealed closer to the event.

In addition, Green Wolf Brewery out of Middleburg and Stump City Brewing of Gloversville will be serving up their beers at the event.

Voorhees said this will be Stump City Brewing’s first event.

“We hope people can come out and taste their beer,” she said.

Voorhees said the hope is to have the event become an annual one for the city. She said that along with several other events scheduled for this year, including the 3rd annual Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival in June and the Spring Festival in May, the goal is to try and get new and interesting businesses to thrive and give people a chance to have fun.

“We are trying to get people on Main Street having fun,” she said. “The idea is the more events we have and people we have, that someone who is an entrepreneur will see this and say ‘this is a fun, cool place to open a business.’”

Tickets gain unlimited tastings of chili and beer with the option to buy beer by the glass. Due to the alcohol being served, the event is limited to those 21 and older, and identification will be checked at the door.

Tickets cost $15 and can be pre-purchased at bit.ly/gloversvillechilicookoff.

Tickets will also be available at the door. Voorhees said people are encourage to pre-buy their tickets so event organizers will have a clearer picture of how many people will be there. The event will run until 4 p.m.

Kerry Minor can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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