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Vegan Chili competition to benefit the nonprofit animal paradise, Sweet Bear Rescue Farm

Love chili? Get ready to stuff yourself. For the fourth year in a row, an epic chili battle royale is coming to downtown Hendersonville.

The fourth annual vegan Chili Cook-Off kicks off on Sunday, March 10th at 2 p.m. at Sanctuary Brewing Company (SBC), with all proceeds benefiting the amazing animals of local nonprofit Sweet Bear Rescue Farm. 

The event will feature delicious chili entries from chefs, restaurants, and home cooks across the region. From sweet and spicy to wildly hot, from beans and veggies to beefy Beyond Meat, the chili varieties run the gamut. Attendees will get to taste each and every one, then vote for their favorite.

With the help of special guest judge Dr Garth Davis, those who make the three top chilis will score Sanctuary Brewing Company gift cards and other prizes.

Anyone is welcome to enter; contestants just need to bring a regular size crockpot of their most amazing vegan chili creation with a creative name and an ingredients list. (No animal products, but any other creative combination goes as far as ingredients!).

All proceeds from this mouthwatering competition will benefit Sweet Bear, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal sanctuary founded by Sanctuary Brewing Company owners Lisa McDonald and Joe Dinan. Sweet Bear is a safe haven for animals who’ve been rescued from abuse, neglect, and other heartbreaking scenarios – many of whom have special needs or health issues. The farm is a paradise for nearly 40 animals including best friends Ollie the pot-bellied pig and Charlotte the chicken; goats Maggie and Shadow; Harmony the house rooster; and numerous other furry/feathered inhabitants.

Tickets are $15 per chili entry, $15 per tasting, and $10 for a child’s tasting (kids under 7 are free). For those who can’t

attend, you can still contribute to Sweet Bear’s lifesaving mission through Facebook at Facebook.com/SweetBearRescueFarm, Patreon, or through Paypal at donate@kindnessempire.com.

You can learn more about the event and buy tickets via Facebook at Facebook.com/events/330701557778590/.

About Sanctuary Brewing

Sanctuary Brewing Company opened in August 2015 in beautiful downtown Hendersonville, NC. The brewery is known for its amazing craft beers and unabashed dedication to animal and human advocacy. Since opening, the bar has raised thousands of dollars for animals and humans alike. They host a monthly community event that provides haircuts, resume building, a hot meal and a clothing drive to those in need in the community. Owners Lisa and Joe also opened their own non-profit animal sanctuary, Sweet Bear Rescue Farm, in October of 2017.