The 6th annual Pirate Fest and Chili Cook-Off was hosted Friday, October 14, 2016, taking over Strawberry Ally in downtown Clarksville. The event is hosted every year by Manna Café Ministries who helps feed hundreds of hungry and homeless families.
The family friendly event encouraged participation in the costume contest and offered prizes to the best-dressed pirates. Aside from dozens of chili options, the festival had live musical entertainment, games and a magician.
Dozens turned out, offering up their best chili recipes to be judged and critiqued to win the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice trophies. As guests entered the festival and walked back in time, they could purchase a hearty mug in which to sample the large variety of the award winning chili options.
Manna Café Ministries was the brainchild of Kenny York, a missionary in Nashville who utilized his love for cooking by overseeing a weekly meal for the homeless and poor. In 2007 he wrote his idea down and by the next year, he had taken his first steps in launching Manna Café.
The creative collaboration was York’s idea, based on the simple idea that people love chili, pirates and fall festivals. Add in live music and dancing and games for kids, and it’s an evening guaranteed to bring fun.
Manna Café Ministries is a faith-based organization devoted to meeting the needs of homeless and low-income families in Montgomery County. Each week, Manna Café provides hot meals and food boxes to over 1,600 local citizens, serving four meals a week. All funds raised through the festival remain local to assist and feed Montgomery County residents in need.