Madison, IN: The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce wrapped up the 17th Annual Soup Stew Chili & Brew Festival on Saturday, October 12 with yet another record year! With chilly fall temperatures, Saturday’s festival brought thousands to Main Street. Attendees enjoyed food tasting at over 35 food booths, beer and wine gardens, live music, a cornhole tournament, and activities for both kids and adults. The event saw a 25% increase in ticket sales.
Soup Stew Chili & Brew boasts an annual food competition with five categories. If you haven’t already guessed, four of those categories are Soup, Stew, Chili, & Brew! The festival also gives an award for the Best Decorated Booth. This year’s winners are:
1st - Butts N' Racks with "Spiced Apple Cider"
2nd - Brees Blessings with "Spiced Apple Cider"
3rd - Butts N' Racks with "Fruit Punch"
1st - Jefferson County Democrats with "Cheesy Potato Soup"
2nd - Butts N' Racks with "Stuffed Pepper Soup"
3rd - Shawe Memorial Cheerleaders with "Taco Soup"
1st - Schafer Family Charities with "Chicken Cordon Bleu Stew"
2nd - Butts N' Racks with "Brisket Stew"
3rd - Butts N' Racks with "New Brunswick Stew"
1st - Mad Oak with "White Chicken Chili"
2nd - Hickory Creek with "White Chicken Chili"
3rd - Butts N' Racks with "Better than Wendy's Chili"
BEST DECORATED BOOTH
Hanover Nursing Center
“We are so grateful for everyone who came out to the festival on Saturday. This is truly a community festival. We couldn't do it without our volunteers, businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies all working together. We'd like to thank our Premier Sponsor, Ivy Tech Community College along with all of our other sponsors who made the 2019 Soup Stew Chili & Brew possible. Our committee works year-round to make the festival the best it can be. It is definitely a team effort,” said Executive Director Lindsay Bloos.
The festival was created as an affordable family and community event to highlight the Main Street shopping district. The festival brings thousands of people to downtown Madison each year, and has been great for many businesses along Main Street, but it also serves as a fundraiser for many area non-profits. It is held each year on the second Saturday of October. For more information, please contact the Chamber office at 812-265-3135 or MadisonSoupStew.com