Manna Cafe recently hosted its 7th Annual Pirate Fest & Chili Cook-Off in historic downtown Clarksville. This year’s location was new, but the tradition of great music, friendly pirates, and tasty chili continued.
Captain Bubba aka Kenny York greeted everyone as they entered the competition area. Several teams, dressed as marauders of the high seas, served their best recipes from skillfully decorated spaces adorned with treasure chests filled with booty, pirate flags, skulls and cross bones.
As great music played throughout the afternoon from local bands, Syd Hedrick, the Nightmasters, and Ambush, determined teams competed for trophies and prizes for best decorated booth, and in three chili categories; most original, crowd favorite and judges’ favorite.
Manna Cafe’s Sara Miller said, “This year’s Pirate Fest was a little smaller than we had hoped, but the weather was beautiful and everyone loved the chili sampling, and the music, so all in all, it was a great day.”
This year’s winners: Judges Choice 1st Place - Diane Reynolds & the Kroger Team, 2nd Place – Jason Miller, 3rd Place – Lori Wargo. Most Original Chili – Jason Miller, Best Booth – Diane Reynolds & the Kroger Team.
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