Bottoms seeks third straight title


Chili kings: Bottoms chefs Olly Coppo and Conner Birmingham celebrate their 2014 win. - File Photo
Chili kings: Bottoms chefs Olly Coppo and Conner Birmingham celebrate their 2014 win. – File Photo

The chefs at Bottoms Bar & Grill are looking to solidify their reputation of best chili on the mountain. They will aim for their third straight people’s choice award in the ninth annual Mountain of Beer and Chili Cook-Off on July 2.

“It’s always fun to win a competition so of course it’s great and people ask about the trophy all the time,” said owner Nathan Cross. “I can’t deny that chili sales have been on the rise for the last two winters.”

He said the winning recipes are close to the chili featured on their menu, but will be complimented with seasonal ingredients paired with their beer of choice.

“There definitely isn’t one ingredient that wins people over, but finding a good balance of flavours is definitely important,” Cross said. “It isn’t a set recipe we simply make in a pot. It usually evolves while they build it, constantly tasting and modifying it until the chefs are happy.”

Six local restaurants will showcase their best beer and chili in the competition, which is a part of Country Fest. Bella Italia, Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill, Mantles Restaurant, Morrisey’s Public House and Voyageur Bistro will join Bottoms in this year’s cook-off.

“There’s no denying we’ve thought about it and would love a three-peat, but in the end we just like to have fun with it and try some different things that we don’t get to do on a daily basis,” Cross said.

The village will be bustling with celebrations of the area’s western roots throughout the first weekend in July for the third annual Country Fest.

Family-friendly activities such as mechanical bull rides, a lasso station, a bouncy castle and the inaugural sack race will bring a country atmosphere to Sun Peaks. Saturday will feature live performances from Ben Klick, Terence Jack, Country Queens Tribute and Lisa Nicole, with Michael Painchaud wrapping up the music on Sunday.