ITHACA, N.Y.—Though held a few weeks later than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Chili Cook-Off welcomed hundreds to downtown Ithaca this weekend to celebrate the cooking talents of over three dozen local eateries.

The competition is always fierce, and winners will be announced by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, the event’s organizer, this week. People’s choice votes are being tabulated along with the opinions of the event’s dedicated judges.

In addition to the 37 restaurant entrants, Lucky Hare Brewing Company, Monks on the Commons and New York Cider Company all provided beverages for purchase at the event.

All photos were taken by freelance contributor Alyvia Covert.