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SML Chili Festival

Due to a reported uptick in cases and concerns surrounding the spread of coronavirus, the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC) announced the cancellation of the annual SML Chili Festival scheduled on November 7. The festival and concert join a lengthy list of events that have been cancelled this year throughout the region. The Chili festival is set to return on November 6, 2021.

A Hot Time at Smith Mountain Lake!

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!


DATE: Nov. 7, 2020

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



CONTACT: Laura Moritz at 540-721-1203 or

Chili Festival facing lake
2018 Chili Festival
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