WAYNESBORO — Last year, organizers of the Virginia Chili, Blues and Brews Festival sent over 30,000 cups and spoons directly to the landfill. This Saturday, the event will make history as Waynesboro’s first zero waste festival, according to a release.
In March 2019, the City of Waynesboro suspended its plastic recycling program.
“Like anything in life, you can either sit down and accept things, or stand up and do something,” festival organizer Terry Short said. “At the Virginia Chili, Blues and Brews Festival, we’ve decided to do something.”
All of the drink cups, serving cups and utensils at the event will be made out of compostable material. There will also be composting demonstrations and incentives for chili competitors to help educate patrons about eco-friendly habits, Short said.
The 12th Annual Virginia Chili, Blue and Brews Festival will be held Sept. 28 from 2:30-9 p.m.at the Lumos Plaza in Waynesboro. Attendees will be able to sample chili, listen to blues music, check out artisans and vendors and enjoy local brews — all while minimizing their environmental impact. Ticket and event information can be found at virginiachili.com.
What will be at the festival?
The music line-up includes:
- Big Bill Morganfield
- Chris Duarte
- Linwood Taylor
- Jon Spear Band
Things to sip on:
- Stable Craft — The Virginia Chili, Blues n’ Brews 608 Lager
- Stable Craft — Blueberry Blonde
- Stable Craft — Britchin’ Brown
- Stable Craft — Madridiculous IPA
- Stable Craft — Mossy Creek Chocolate Stout
- Stable Craft — Total Entropy IPA
- Blue Toad Cider
- Bacova Beer Company
For the shoppers:
- Color Street — The Motivated Manicure
- Ellis Farm at Winterpock, LLC
- Lynda Lou’s Jewelry
- Paparazzi & Kitcheneeze
- The Glitter Bee
And of course, there will be plenty of chili to sample.
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