Wine & Dine on Lake Wallenpaupack!

Chili and Wing Cookoff

Calling all chili and wing enthusiasts! The Chili and Wing Cookoff returns to The Waterfront at Silver Birches Resort in Hawley on March 5 from noon to 4 p.m. Restaurants and individual chefs will whip up their best chili and wing recipes, and festival attendants can sample each and every one. With beer tasting on the Dock, live music and an array of vendors, the event is expected to draw hundreds.

Tasting begins at noon. Guests will receive samples from an estimated 20-24 participants. New this year, the Dock on Wallenpaupack will host a variety of vendors and beer tasting stands. The Gone Crazy Duo will perform live music in the pub from 1-5 p.m.

School administrators from Wallenpaupack will serve as judges. First place winners will receive trophies and a $100 prize. Trophies will also be awarded for second and third place. The People’s Choice Award will be given based on attendant votes.

Proceeds benefit the Chamber of the Northern Poconos. To help defray the cost of entry, Silver Birches has donated bone-in wings to all participants. Entrants must cook the wings and provide five-eight gallons of chili. Tickets are $20.

Wine Festival

Silver Birches Resort also hosts the very first Wally Wine Festival on March 18 and 19. Visitors can sample 90 domestic and international wines while taking in views of Lake Wallenpaupack.

Doors open at noon both days. Each guest will receive a commemorative wine glass, 15 tickets for wine sampling and access to live entertainment and the antipasto table. Along with domestic varieties, vintages imported from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America and South Africa will be available for tasting. Wines will also be for sale, with prices ranging from $10-$65 per bottle. The event will run until 6 p.m. each day.

A series of speakers will deliver insight into the wide world of wine. Hundreds of guests are expected to turn out for this festival debut. “This event will give you a chance to learn more about the wine regions, different grape varietals and the wine making process,” said Sommelier Claude Briere, the resident wine expert for Settlers Hospitality. “It’s a chance to try wines poured by knowledgeable professionals and figure out what wines you truly enjoy.” Visit –-Megan Kane