Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off
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Yummy Chili
Chili Cook-Off
Chili Fun

10th Annual
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Chili Cook‑Off

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs work their culinary magic and compete for the title of Best Chili!

Cook-Off Schedule

  • 9am-10am: Chef's prep (no heat)
  • 10am-1pm: Chili cook time
  • 10am: Tasting kits go on sale
  • 1pm: Public tasting begins
  • 4pm: Winners announced at the Neptune's Stage (beachside of Neptune's Kingdom)

Event Program

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Try Some Chili!

Boardwalk admission is free! Just purchase a Tasting Kit to sample chili from dozens of competitors. Tasting Kits are $10 each and include six (6) taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.

Portion of Proceeds

A portion of the proceeds from Tasting Kit sales will benefit CASA of Santa Cruz County , Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) support children in the foster care system who have been abused or neglected and provide them with an adult volunteer who represents their voice in court and advocates for their best interests in court, school, and the community.

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Competition Info

The competition features four categories:

  • Amateur Red
  • Amateur Vegetarian Red
  • Professional Red
  • Professional Vegetarian Red

Awards given for Best Chili in each category, plus People's Choice, Most Tasted, and Most Original Booth.

Awards include plaques, cash prizes, and bragging rights!

Team Rules & Info

Thank you to our Chili Cook-Off Sponsors

The Hippo
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