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.
Traverse City's 19th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off
January 12: Area restaurants compete for top honors in eight categories (1,2 and 3 Alarm, White, Seafood, No Bean, Ethnic and Vegetarian)
Mackinaw City Winterfest
January 17-19: Also enjoy snow carving, outhouse race, sleigh rides, poker walk, indoor ice skating, euchre tournament, cocoa & more
Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival
January 18-19: Fire performers, pieces by National Ice Carving Association & nighttime firework display
Cadillac North American Snow Festival
January 31- February 3: Miss Cadillac Pageant, snow sculpting, fun run, live bands, lake races, ice fishing, polar dip, raffles, & much more
Winter Fun Days at Hanson Hills in Grayling
February 1-3: Marshmallow roasting, free lift tickets and trail passes, Big Air Competition, Sled Box Race, & Paintball Biathlon
Benzie County Winterfest
February 9: Also includes annual fish toss competition, horse drawn wagon rides, frozen turkey bowling, dog sled competition & more
Pentwater and Hart Winterfest
February 9 & 16: Fishing tournaments, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Corks & Canvas Benefit, beer tasting plus more
Les Cheneaux Area SnowFest
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.
Harbor Springs Annual Chili Cook-Off
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!