With Mardi Gras festivities on the horizon, Yaga’s Entertainment will kick off its ninth annual Chili Quest and Beer Fest today at Yaga’s Café, 2314 Strand St., in Galveston.

Today’s festivities will begin with a night party from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Yaga’s Café, and then Saturday’s events will begin with the Beerfooter 5K Fun Run at 9 a.m. on 28th Street and Seawall Boulevard.

The festival, which will take place in the historical downtown section at 23rd and Strand streets, also will include a chili cook-off featuring 58 teams from as far away as Dallas, a beer fest, live music by the Brandon McDermott Band, a wide array of vendors, Strand merchant walkabout, and a plethora of contests, said Sarah Spak, marketing coordinator for Yaga’s Entertainment.

“Between the margarita contest, washer tournament, live entertainment, chili stroll, beer fest, vendors to shop and the Strand merchant walkabout, there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy,” Spak said. “The festival is free to attend. You will only need a ticket to sample from the cook teams and/or beer fest. Tickets are available at a discounted price if you purchase in advance online.”

Along with the sampling of chili, there will be several varieties of beers that will be featured, as well, Spak said.

“Ranging from IPAs, Pilsners, and Stouts from Texas breweries and national brands, there will be more than enough variety to choose from,” Spak said. “The VIP room will feature four specialty beers being brought in from Karback Brewing, Saint Arnold’s Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewery and Galveston Island Brewing.”

Yaga’s Entertainment was created to produce events that would be beneficial to the Downtown District of Galveston. The functionality of these events relies on a coalition of hoteliers, restaurateurs and retailers along with coordinated community assets, Spak said.

For tickets, which are limited in availability, and information, visit www.yagaschiliquest.com or call 409-770-0999.

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239; angela.wilson@galvnews.com

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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