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Chili Cook-Off
Chili Fun

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Chili Cook‑Off

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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)
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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 Your Future is Our Business , Your Future is Our Business provides work-based learning opportunities to elementary, middle, and high school students as well as internships for post-secondary students within Santa Cruz County.

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Enter a Team!

The competition features four categories:

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

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

Awards include plaques, cash prizes, and bragging rights!

Team Entry Closed

Registration Deadline: October 18, 2021

Team Rules & Info

Thank you to our Chili Cook-Off Sponsors

KWAV
BOBFM
The Hippo
KPIG
KCDU

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