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If it’s October, it must be time for beer fests and chili cook-offs

In the hopes os extending summer fun, October has become the time for neighborhood festivals galore, celebrating spicy foods and cooling beer, among other pleasantries. Here are a few of the eating and drinking events that are on tap.

Although the continuation of the Phoenix Hill Tavern Chili Cookoff event has been canceled, the Clifton Community Council has stepped up and organized its own. The Clifton Great Chili Cook-off will be Sunday, Oct. 18, on Frankfort Ave. at Pope St.

At least 30 competitors have registered, with more welcome.  Both restaurants and individual chili mavens are welcome. Hilltop Tavern and Silver Dollar will have entries, as will the Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant BARcode 1758. Registration for participation in the event is extended until Friday, Oct. 16.

There will be food trucks such as V-Grits, for those whose bellies and soul need something other than chili, art vendors, and the Inner Warrior will hold a Soulful Street Yoga class from noon-1 p.m.

Potential competitors can download the rules and entry form here. Email them to Brad@rededgelive.com. Entry fee is $30, and deadline is Friday, Oct. 16.

Also on tap the same weekend is What the Germantown Festival, organized by the owners of Eiderdown, The Post, Four Pegs, Nachbar, and Kaiju. This is a sort of bar hop festival, with each Germantown/Scnitzelburg bar offering entertainment and bar specials at various times between the hours of the festival, 2 p.m.-midnight, October 17.  

Here is the live music schedule for the What The Germantown Festival:

2-4 p.m. at Eiderdown, 983 Goss Ave.: Slow Charleston

4-6 p.m. at The Post, 1045 Goss Ave.: Jaye Jayle

6-8 p.m. at Four Pegs, 1053 Goss Ave.: Seluah and Tsunami Samurai

8-10 p.m. at Nachbar, 969 Charles St.: Spleen

10-12 p.m. at Kaiju, 1004 E Oak St.: Sweatermeat, Hanoi Jane, and Scuzz Master

And if you are partial to the fruits of the vine, Wine on the River at Waterfront Park, 129 East River Rd. might be more appealing. More than 25 vineyards, distributors and wineries will set up their wares Saturday, Oct. 17 on the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park. The event will support the Dare the Care Food Bank, with general admission ticket of $55, and a VIP pass for $75.

Wines for sampling will come from Huber Winery in Southern Indiana, J Lohr Winery in Napa Valley, South Africa’s Arabella and Italy’s Mezzacorona, among others.  There will be live music, and food –  sliders, BBQ, grilled cheese, desserts – from local restaurants. For ticket info, click here