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2015 WINTER DINING GUIDE

It's time for our annual roundup of the best in Connecticut dining,featuring both our readers' choices and our experts' picks in more than 30 cuisine categories, from American to vegetarian.

READERS' CHOICE 

EXPERTS' PICKS

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Chester Winter Carnivale

Event Date/Time

Feb 17, 2013
10:00 am until 4:00 pm

Description

Chester Winter Carnivale

Who can object to winter when it’s celebrated with magnificent ice carvings, a chili contest, and a decorated tractor parade? Throw in some Mardi Gras-style beads, face painting, and street performers, and you’ll never hate winter again!

 

The town of Chester celebrates its 23rd Annual Winter Carnivale on Sunday, Feb. 17, beginning at 10 a.m. The event, which takes place in the center of town in snow, rain, or shine, is free, with the exception of the Chili Cook Off.

 

The Ice Carving Competition, with professional and student carvers, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with judging shortly after. Spectators may vote for their favorite sculpture to win the "People's Choice Award."

 

The "Chilly Chili Cook Off" will be held at the Chester Hose Company Fire House, 6 High Street, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendees can pay their $5 donation at the firehouse door, which allows them to taste all the different chilis made by restaurants and chefs and to vote for their favorite. All proceeds go to the Chester Hose Company.

 

And last but not least, festively decorated tractors will parade up and down Main Street beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the highly anticipated Chester Tractor Parade. Judges choose the winners of their Iron Steed Awards for the best decorated tractors.

 

Restaurants, shops and galleries will have special events all day. The Chester Museum at The Mill will also be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering another place to warm up and take a break while seeing Chester history, including two early ice cutting machines.

 

Parking is available in the commuter lot at exit 6 with a courtesy shuttle bus to the town center.

Cost free
Location

Chester Center
Main and Spring Streets
Chester, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorChester Carnivale Committee
Phone860-526-1200
Contact nameLeslie Strauss
Contact emailchestermerchants@gmail.com
Websitehttp://www.visitchesterct.com
Alternate Phone:: 860-526-0013

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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