First of all, the space that was donated for our use was the veranda of a popular Granada bar/restaurant, Nuestro Mundo, overlooking Central Park to the north, with a great view of the Mombacho volcano to the south and offering breezes for everyone's comfort. The location was perfect. Our thanks to Nuestro Mundo
Each contestant provided enough chili to be judged by the three judges, Amy, Emanual and Jack, and for visitors to sample all of the chilis The chilis were taken to the judges in numbered cups so that they didn’t know whose chili they were tasting and visitors voted for the People's Choice by putting change into the containers at each contestant’s table. The judges judged for color, odor, consistency, taste and after-taste.
The library had a table set up with reading suggestions and ideas for parents and teachers. The displayed books by our own Luis Garay, writer and illustrator of children's books. The table was manned by Ruth and a young library member, Lellany, who did a great job selling tickets for the 50/50 raffle. Ivania, our librarian manned the table selling reading glasses. Connie and Marie Argentina sold the desserts.
Friends of the library, Jim and Deloy played guitars and sang throughout the afternoon and the restaurant made some money with the open bar. Another local restaurant, Ciudad Lounge, donated a wonderful door-prize of a $100 gift certificate for dinner.
We would like to thank the people who provided wonderful desserts: Amy, Karen, Elliott, Helen, and Carol. And of course, we need to thank Darrell who made sure the word was out about the event and who manned the front table and oversaw a lot of the organizing. Everyone connected with the library was involved with ensuring its success and we would like to make sure all know how grateful we are. And we can't forget all of the contestants that entered their chilis.
So all in all, everyone had a very enjoyable, social Sunday afternoon that hopefully will be repeated in the coming years. We have designated the last Sunday of January as Chili Cook-Off Sunday in Granada, Nicaragua!
Oh yes - the winners!! Calvin won the 50/50 draw and then donated his winnings back to the libary which we greatly appreciate. Deloy won the grand door prize from Ciudad Lounge.
The People's Choice award went to Sandie Mallard while the judges gave second place to Nancy Bergman and Terry Leary. First place went Carol Rea. A total surprise as Canadians are not known for their chili (both Carol and Sandie are Canadian)!
A wonderful afternoon and event! We want to thank everyone for attending and supporting our library programs. We are seeing a difference as more children discover the thrill of reading.