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4th Annual Queen City Chili Cook-Off

ft. music from The Blind Owl Band

Saturday, March 26, 2016

12:00pm to 4:00pm

All Ages $5 (Kids 12 & under FREE!)

4th Annual Queen City Chili Cook-Off

The fourth annual Queen City Chili Cook-Off comes to Nectar’s on Saturday, March 26. Queen City Brewery and Farrell Distributing are sponsoring the culinary competition with all proceeds benefitting the Burlington Fire Fighters Association.

There will be prizes for the following categories: Best Overall, People’s Choice, Most Creative and Best Overall Presentation. The esteemed panel of judges will, once again, include the who’s who of the chili-judging world. It is an all-ages event with $5 admission fee (kids under 12 are free) that includes tasting and judging the chili along with live music. The Blind Owl Band with their brand of Adirondack Freight Train String Music will be performing during the event. Tasting starts at Noon with judging starting at 2 pm and the winners announced around 3 pm. Space is limited, but if you would like to enter the Chili Cook-Off, fill out this entry form by March 18:

There is no fee to enter the contest. Please email with any questions! Entering Your Chili (the fine print): Serving utensils, tasting containers and table set up provided by Nectar’s. Chili must arrive at Nectar’s heated and ready to be served in either a crockpot or hot plate. Each entry must be a minimum of 3 gallons of chili. One type of chili per entry is allowed. Note: not all chili needs to be in the crockpot at the same time. Any additional chili containers can be stored by Nectar’s staff and brought out as needed to refill your crockpot or other heating element.


This year we’re adding a 50/50 raffle! A great way to raise additional funds for Burlington Firefighters Association Local 3044! Tickets are available right at the door, at the following pricing. . .

1 ticket for $2
3 tickets for $5
7 tickets for $10
15 tickets for $20



  • People’s Choice (crowd votes)
  • Most Creative (judges panel votes)
  • Best Overall (judges panel votes)
  • Best Overall Presentation (judges panel votes)



Brittney Hibbs – FOX44/ABC22 Anchor

The Blind Owl Band – Confirmed as One Judge

Burlington Firefighters


A few of the awesome prizes!

  • Leunigs – Gift Certificate – Dinner for 2 – over $100 value
  • Mirabelles – Gift Certificate
  • Windjammer – Gift Certificate
  • Nectar’s
    • 3 month no cover VIP pass for 2
    • Dinner & Tickets for 4 to the show of your choice

Blind Owl Band

The Blind Owl Band was conceived in the fall of 2010 as 4 friends unknowingly crossed pathways and began to play and write music. The band is composed by Arthur Buezo (Guitar, Vocals), Christian Cardiello (Bass), Eric Munley (Mandolin, Vocals) and James Ford (Banjo, Vocals). Starting in Feb. of 2011 the Blind Owl Band officially formed, and started shows around their home in Saranac Lake, NY in the heart of the Adirondack Mtns. The band views their traditional arrangement as just the start of the musical concept. “Although we look like a bluegrass band we are not. We are The Blind Owl Band, a musical representation of what sounds float around in our heads. We use the instruments of our ancestors, but play music of our time, influenced by all that has happened in the musical world over the past 25 years. We hope we can achieve a unique personal sound through a raw instrumentation. In a time of music and sound perfection and an expansion of the realm through digital processors, we hope to inspire use of wood and metal. To take a basic approach and expanded it to a sound all its own.”
In just under two years the band has released their debut album “Rabble Rousing” a 15 track album featuring all original music. Just this past July the band also released the follow up “This Train We Ride is Made of Wood and Steel”. A 12 track, completely original album, that shows the continuing development of the band. Heavy regional touring has also ensued all over the North East playing over 250 shows in 9 states since the band starting regional touring in January 2012. The Blind Owl Band has also appeared at over 25 festivals during this time. This includes: The Peach Music Festival, Jerry Jam, Backwoods Pondfest, Jibber Jazz Madsummer Meltdown, Fiddler’s Picnic, The Purple Pig Music Festival, Harry’s Harvest Festival, Sterling Stage and More.
The Blind Owl Band has shared the stage with: Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth, Larry and His Flask, The Rumpke Mtn. Boys, Hot Day at The Zoo, Floodwood, Jatoba, Driftwood, Cabinet, Lucid, The Bloodroots Barter, Gold Town, Eastbound Jesus, The Mallett Brothers and more! It has been a positive start for the Blind Owl Band. They look forward to expanding new grounds in 2013 both on the surface of the earth, and in the noise in the air! Get ready for Adirondack Freight Train String Music!


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