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SML Chili Festival

Enjoy a HOT time at Smith Mountain Lake!

DATE: Nov. 6, 2021

TIME: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tasting is from noon to 2 p.m. Awards at 3:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Bridgewater Plaza


CONTACT: SML Regional Chamber at 540-721-1203 or


Stunning fall foliage and cooler temperatures create the perfect atmosphere for this annual, family-friendly lakeside event.

A competitive chili cookoff is at the center of the action with teams going all out with themes, decorations and costumes!

Enjoy chili tastings and then cast your vote for “People’s Choice” and “Showmanship.” Also awarded is an overall “Best Chili” trophy.

Stroll the decks of Bridgewater Plaza while enjoying live music, shopping and perusing the wares of a variety of craft vendors. Come by car or boat!



Chili Festival facing lake
2018 Chili Festival
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