Northern Michigan Events: So, you didn't flock to Florida? Come bare the bitter height of winter with Northern Michigan's best hot n' hearty chili. We've mapped out the biggest cook-offs for the biggest appetites (because we all know the only thing better than homemade chili is ten bowls of homemade chili).
Now go grab your spoon and a handful of Tums—things are about to get saucy.
January 12: Area restaurants compete for top honors in eight categories (1,2 and 3 Alarm, White, Seafood, No Bean, Ethnic and Vegetarian)
January 17-19: Also enjoy snow carving, outhouse race, sleigh rides, poker walk, indoor ice skating, euchre tournament, cocoa & more
January 18-19: Fire performers, pieces by National Ice Carving Association & nighttime firework display
January 31- February 3: Miss Cadillac Pageant, snow sculpting, fun run, live bands, lake races, ice fishing, polar dip, raffles, & much more
February 1-3: Marshmallow roasting, free lift tickets and trail passes, Big Air Competition, Sled Box Race, & Paintball Biathlon
February 9: Also includes annual fish toss competition, horse drawn wagon rides, frozen turkey bowling, dog sled competition & more
February 9 & 16: Fishing tournaments, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Corks & Canvas Benefit, beer tasting plus more
February 14-17: Pub shuffle, horse drawn sleigh rides, cross country skiing, kids games, clay pigeon shoot, craft show, golf on ice
Glen Arbor Winterfest and Chili Cook-Off
February 16: Area restaurants join Glen Arborites in a no nonsense chilli competition on the deck of Boonedocks in Glen Arbor.
February 17: This year, partnering with the Food Pantry of Harbor Springs. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods.
Just too cold to get out there? Try this easy pumpkin chili recipe at home!