2021 EVENT GUIDE

2021 Muddy Chef Challenge.  Your guide to the weekend’s events, activities, and local attractions and resources. 

Thursday, August 26:

Event Registration and Campsite Setup
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  

Where? The Maple Blondie Farm in Danby, VT. 

Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. for all guests.  Campsite setup and meet and greet.  The campsite registration closes at 8:00 p.m.  You must be onsite by 8:00 p.m.
 
Muddy Chef Games – Service Bay / Rat Cage / Duct Tape Genius
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy a challenge?  Join us for two great events.  The Rat Cage event will test your ability to handle your Land Rover and problem solve in tight confines.  Service Bay – build a simulated log bridge and navigate your vehicle over the abyss.  Minimum of three teammates required for this event.  In Duct Tape Genius, your team will be tasked with creating a functional device from only duct tape and the genius of your team.  Sounds easy?  It’s not.

 

13th Street Cocktails
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Join Aaron and 13th Street Cocktails for an evening of legendary refreshments.

Quiet Hours
11:00 p.m.

Friday, August 27:

Beginner Off-Road Training
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  

Basic off-road skills and tactics.  Dorset Quarry tour after training.   
 
Beans and Batanaro’s Trail Ride – Medium Difficulty
10:00 a.m.

Join Gene Schubert and Peter Batanaro for an afternoon of guided off-road adventure.  Please have your vehicle fully fueled and ready to hit the trail.    

Un-guided Off-Road (Maps will be provided in the field guide)
10:00 a.m.

Assorted Off-Site Events (Falconry, Fly Fishing, Sporting Clay, etc.)
10:00 a.m.

Please see the guide at the bottom of the page to schedule your off-site events. 

12:00 p.m.  – Lunch on your own

RETURN TO CAMPSITE / PREP FOR CHOPPED / FANCY DRESS COCKTAIL PARTY PREP
4:00 p.m.

CHOPPED Challenge – Sponsored by Bhakta Brandy and Bhakta Spirits

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us and a team of talented chefs compete for prizes and glory!  We are proud to announce that the 2021 CHOPPED challenge location is at Raj Bhatka’s new campus (the former Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT).  The address for CHOPPED is 1 Brennan Cir, Poultney, VT 05764.  

Former Green Mountain College campus on the market | Vermont Business Magazine

What is Chopped at the Muddy Chef Challenge?  It’s just like the Food Network TV show – without the kitchen!  Contestants must bring everything they need to prepare, cook, and serve a gourmet meal – all from a mystery box of ingredients.  Please note – there is an additional cost to register for this event.  All Chopped contestants receive custom gifts available only to Chopped competitors.   If you like a challenge this is the event for you!  Be sure to put on your best cocktail attire for the competetion.  Raj and the Bhakta team will offer tastings of the ultra-rare Bhakta 50 and tours of the campus facilities. 

13th Street Cocktails
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Join Aaron and 13th Street Cocktails for an evening of legendary refreshments. 

Quiet Hours
11:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 28:

Intermediate Off-Road Training
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  

Basic off-road skills and tactics.  Anyone who took part in the Friday training will be qualified for an advanced trail run on Saturday. 

Guided Off-Road Tour – HARDCORE
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Join our instructors for a guided off-road adventure.  You need to have your vehicle ready for an afternoon of off-road adventure.  Please make sure to have your vehicle fully fueled and ready to go.  Vehicles will assemble into groups and depart promptly at 10:00 a.m. 

Un-guided Off-Road (Maps will be provided in the field guide)
10:00 a.m.

Assorted Events (Falconry, Fly Fishing, Sporting Clay, etc.)
10:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.  – Lunch on your own

4:00 p.m.  Announcements ahead of the Muddy Chef Challenge

The Muddy Chef Challenge
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The MAIN EVENT!  Your team will create amazing dishes for our judges.  You need to prepare an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert.  Extra points are awarded for use of locally sourced ingredients.  Click here for a complete list of rules.

13th Street Cocktails
9:00 p.m. – whenever!

Join Aaron and 13th Street Cocktails for an evening of legendary refreshments. 

Sunday, August 29:

Awards Ceremony
10:00 a.m.  

Awards and goodbyes.  

Activities/Destinations/etc.

Dorset Marble Quarry – Route 30, Dorset, Vermont 05251 USA

  • Need a swim? Hop into the legendary Dorset marble quarry swimming hole. 

Orvis Flagship Store – 4180 Main St. Manchester, VT 05254.

Orvis Fly Fishing School – across the street from Orvis.

Bromley Mountain Adventure Park – 3984 VT Route 11 Peru, VT 05152

Green Mountain Falconry School – By reservation only http://www.greenmountainfalconryschool.com/

  • Highly recommended. Lessons taught by legendary Falconer Rob Waite

Vermont Country Store – 657 Main Street, Weston, Vermont 05161

The American Museum of Fly Fishing – Next door to Orvis.

The Hildene Estate – 1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, VT 05254

The Spa at Equinox – 3567 Main Street Route 7A, Manchester, VT 05254

Manchester Outlets – Downtown Manchester, VT

Grocery Stores/Farm Markets:

Shaw’s – 65 Equinox Terrace, Manchester, VT 05254

Price Chopper – Routes 11 and 30, Manchester, VT 05254

Fortuna’s Sausage and Italian Market – Manchester Center, VT 05254

Dutton Farm Stand – 2083 Depot St, Manchester Center, VT 05255

  • Highly recommended for adding locally sourced ingredients to your presentations.

Everything Else:

NAPA Auto Parts – Manchester Center, VT 05254

Manchester Discount Beverage – 380 Depot St, Manchester Center, VT 05255

Walgreens Pharmacy – 4993 Main St Ste A, Manchester Center, VT 05255

Manchester Medical Center – 34 Bonnet St, Manchester Center, VT 05255

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center – 100 Hospital Dr, Bennington, VT 05201

Hotels:

The Equinox ($$$$) – 3567 Main St, Manchester, VT 05254

The Kimpton Taconic Hotel ($$$) – 3835 Main St, Manchester, VT 05254

Hampton Inn and Suites ($$) – 4519 Main St, Manchester, VT 05255

The Dorset Inn ($$$$) – 8 Church St, Dorset, VT 05251

The Barrows House ($$$) – 3156 VT-30, Dorset, VT 05251

The Palmer House ($$) – 5383 Main St, Manchester Center, VT 05255