As the weather starts to cool down, turn up the heat with some delicious chili! The Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival is a great way to sample some scrumptious food and check out the local talent. Check out the chili cook-off, browse the vendors, and check out the best of Smith Mountain Lake! You’re not going to want to miss this fun event.

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Get a Taste of the Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival

For the past 15 years, the first Saturday of November has brought spicy, meaty flavors to the area with the Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival. The event is held at Bridgewater Plaza, which is a popular spot on Route 122 in Moneta, VA. The plaza is right on the lake’s edge so visitors can access it by boat or by car. Admission is just $5 and parking (whether by water or by land) is free!

The Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival typically runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It includes music, crafts, and a chili cook-off that can get pretty competitive! The awards for the cook-off include “Best Chili,” “People’s Choice,” and “Showmanship.” Do you feel like entering the competition? It’s just $25 to rent a 9 by 10-foot space. Additional spaces (if you need some room to move around or you want to put on a show) cost $75. You have to register by the end of October, so make sure you don’t miss out!

As if the tasty chili wasn’t enough of a reason to visit, the food and craft vendors are sure to entice you! There’s no better way to get to know a town than by meeting our artisans and seeing the works they produce, edible and otherwise.

Stay at Premier Vacation Rentals

When you visit for the Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival, make sure you’re staying in a top-of-the-line rental home or cabin from Premier Vacation Rentals. We have a wide selection of home scattered across the water’s edge, each with a breathtaking view of the gorgeous Smith Mountain Lake. There’s a good reason the lake is called the “jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains!”

Consider renting Captain’s Cottage, located less than two miles from Bridgewater Plaza and the Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin comes with an extra-large screened porch that overlooks Smith Mountain Lake. Whether you want to use the recently renovated kitchen or the fire-pit, you’ll be eating well when you stay here. There is also a private dock with power located over deep water so your boat will stay safe and undamaged!

Browse through the rest of our properties and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.