The popular Chili and Chowder Festival is all set for Saturday, Oct. 21, on Main Street in Patchogue Village.
There’s a lot happening, and it’s on a schedule.
Here’s your survivor’s guide:
• The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Road closures start at 10 a.m. on Main Street and stretch from Maple Avenue to West Avenue.
• The chili and chowder tastings at the local restaurants happen at different times. The chowder hours will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chili will be served up from 2 to 4 p.m.
• It’s $10 to participate in either of the food tastings, with tickets available at the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce booth near the intersection of Main Street and Ocean Avenue.
• People can cast votes for their favorite chili and/or chowders and the winners will be announced that Monday.
• There’s also a pumpkin beer sampling circuit at the bars. Tickets are $10 for that as well, though there’s no contest involved.
• The kids’ costume parade meets at 2 p.m. at Capital One Plaza at 116 East Main Street and marches the length of the festival. First 200 kids will receive goodie bags.
• Costumed characters from Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse will be walking the crowd, so don’t be alarmed.
• Patchogue-Medford Library will be offering free pumpkins and pumpkin-decorating for kids (while supplies last).
• There will also be craft vendors, a farmer’s market, petting zoo, bounce houses and face-painting for kids.
• The festival is run by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.
Top: Characters from Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse crash last year’s Chili & Chowder Festival in Patchogue. (file photo)