The leaves are beginning to fall. The temperature is dropping. That means winter is on the way. But, it also means that it's time for the annual Soup, Stew, Chili and Brew.

On Saturday, Main Street will be turned into a food lover's paradise when the city hosts the festival from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. - two hours longer than past festivals.

Main Street - from West Street to Jefferson Street - will be lined with booths offering a variety of tasty treats ... all created by local chefs.

Visitors can purchase a sample-sized taste or other quantities to eat at the festival or to take home.

Most of the proceeds will go to a charity chosen by the organization running the booth.

A ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. with awards given for the best entries.

There are a few things novices must understand to enjoy the event. When you're warned that a particular recipe is "hot" you'd best believe it. A few selections will be for only the brave. Whether your preference leans toward the mild or you prefer to blister your tongue, there will be a wide variety of foods to sample. And there will be several non-alcoholic brews to complement the food.

Musical entertainment also will be provided throughout the day, too.

The weather forecast calls for clear skies with temperatures in the mid-70s - perfect weather for sampling great food while enjoying quality entertainment.

Soup, Stew, Chili and Brew provides a perfect backdrop to gather with friends before the cold weather sets in and we all retreat indoors.

Plan on a trip to Main Street Saturday, and support the participating organizations and their charities and downtown merchants.