It’s time to let Downtown Bedford Inc. (DBI) help you beat the chilly weather with the sixth annual Feel the Heat Chili and Soup Cook off.

This year’s event will take place Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature more than 14 restaurants where participants will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite soup or chili of the day.

“I think what people like is they get to vote for their favorites and then they sit around and wait for the results. And it’s exciting for not only the restaurants to compete but for the people to come out and vote,” Main Street Manager Tonya Grimes said.

The event will also feature a number of stops where musicians will be located, Locality, Bad Luck Lover Boys; Pigeon Hills Studios, Charlie McClanahan; HeBrews, Eric Delozier; Briar Valley Winery, Borrowed Time; Founders Crossing, Happy Hour; Oak Spring Winery, Coltt Winter Lepley and Deepwood Gallery where the musical act has not been determined yet.

Grimes added that new to this year’s event is the participation of the Moose Lodge, US Hotel and TaCopacetic.

Event goers can have their pictures taken with Chilly the Snowman, the event’s mascot, or on an ice sculpture that is being created by Shaun Coopersmith of East Freedom.

Participants will be able to hand in their completed ballots for a chance to win a Hoss’s gift basket and $50 in Bedford Bucks.

Tickets are $18 and are available from the DBI Facebook page, the DBI office or HeBrews. The First 200 individuals to purchase tickets online will receive a “Too Hot to Handle” goody bag that contains coupons to local businesses, chili necklaces and other items.

Contact Katie Smolen at 623-1151 ext. 110 or ksmolen@bedfordgazette.com.

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