12th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Festival

February 18, 2023 – Noon to 5 pm
In and around the park, downtown Blue Ridge

Mark your calendars for live music, ice sculptures, ice carving demonstrations,

 face painting for the kiddos and amazing chili!

With a $10 donation we give you a Tasting Card to sample all the competitor’s chili and

vote for the People’s Choice Award.

 We could not put on this event without

the help and support of the

Fannin Chamber of Commerce.

Cook-Off will happen come rain, snow or shine so see you on Saturday.

Registration Deadlines

  • Ice Sculpture orders Orders must be complete and design approved by Friday February 3, 2023
  • Chili Contestant Registration and fee must be received no later than February 10, 2023
  • Food Vendors – Registration and fee must be received no later than February 10, 2023


An amazing display of individual and unique ice sculptures from Ice Mill Studio including several ice carving demonstrations, in the park, during the entire event.

If you have additional questions please contact:



Things To Do:

  • Chili tasting and voting on the “Peoples Choice”
  • Wander around town looking for your favorite Ice Sculpture
  • Have a beer or glass of wine

Volunteers Needed

To make this event truly successful we need approximately 40 volunteers. If you are able to volunteer for 3 hours please go to Sign Up Genius and sign up. If you would like to talk to someone before signing up as a volunteer please contact either.


Event Fees and Schedule

  • Ice Sculpture orders must be in by 5 pm on February 3, 2023
  • Chili contestant registration cut off 5 pm on February 10, 2023
  • Contestants must begin cooking no later than 8:30 am
  • Judging starts at noon
  • Event is open to the public from Noon to 5 pm
  • Music from noon to 4 pm
  • Chili tasting is from Noon until we run out of chili
  • Awards ceremony begins at 4 pm
  • For a $10 donation we will give you a Tasting Card
    • Taste each of the competitors and vote for People’s Choice Award. (Noon to 3 pm)
  • $7 for beer or wine

For our 12th Anniversary we will be serving
the largest variety of beers ever!!

Burnt Hickory


  • Down South Helles Lager: 4.2%Unfiltered and pale in color with a hint of sweetness to balance the spicy noble style Contessa hops with fresh floral notes.
  • Didjits: 7%  A Blood Orange American IPA made with citrus and Mosaic Hops.Big Shanty: 9%  A cinnamon honey graham cracker Stout.
  • Plum Arcadia: 5% Plum kettle sour.

Grumpy Old Men


  • Acoustic Blonde: 5.5%   One of our two lightest beers on tap. Refreshing, light, and an easy sipper.
  • Choco Blanco: 6.1% Your typical American Wheat with a not-so-typical white chocolate twist. This slightly sweet wheat is sure to satisfy your inner sweet tooth!
  • Scentsation DIPA: 8% Originally brewed as an alternative to our Grasshoppa Imperial IPA. Scentsation boasts a ton of citrus flavor and aroma, with not as much maltiness as the Hoppa.
  • Hell’s Holler Porter: 7.2% Hints of chocolate and caramel make this the perfect pairing for drinking during a meal or when you feel like a beverage with a little more body and flavor.


Mercier Orchards:


  • Grumpy Granny: 6.7% Made from Granny Smith apples, dry cider with strong tart apple flavor
  • Legends: 6.9% Proprietary apple used to make this delightful slightly tart honey tinged hard apple cider

Various Micro Breweries


  • Bold Rock Carolina Apple
  • Devils Backbone Vienna Lager
  • Jekyll Hop Dang Diggity IPA
  • Monday Night Drafty Kilt Ale
  • Tucker Southern Heaven Heffeweizen
  • Wicked Weed Smore’s Stout

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