Chili Cook-Off

Chili Cook-Off

Friday, September 23rd, 5:00-7:00 pm
Town Park


This year’s Mountain Harvest Festival will mark the 17th Annual Chili Cook-off in the park. The cook-off, which has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts for the past nine years, is a signature part of Mountain Harvest Festival that is anticipated by many members of the community! The competition is open to any individual or organization and is broken into five categories. Each category is judged by a secret panel of culinary experts. Each cook also competes for the coveted People’s Choice award. Prizes are as follows:

Best Green Chili $50Best Red $50
Best Red $50Best Meatless $50
Best Meatless $50Best Exotic $50
Best Exotic $50Best in Town $0 (for restaurants)
Best in Town $0 (for restaurants)People’s Choice $150
People’s Choice $150

Pre-registration is required in order to compete in the Chili Cook-off. The deadline to register as a cook is Friday, September 16. The entry fee is $10. Late registration will be from September 17 to September 22 and the fee is $25. The entry fee helps to cover advertising, prize money, and supplies, like tasting cups, spoons, napkins, tickets, etc. Register your chili by September 16! Forms can also be obtained from Paonia Farm and Home Supply, 206 Grand Avenue.

You can taste the chili in Paonia Town Park on Friday, September 23 from 5:00-7:00pm when all the cooks will be assembled, eager to wow you and win the coveted “People’s Choice Award”. Tasting will start promptly at 5pm: no sooner, and no later. When you purchase your taste tickets you will be given a token to use as a people’s choice vote. Once you’ve tasted all the chili you would like, decide which one (or ones) you like the best, and put your people’s choice votes in the colored can on the cook’s table. You are allowed to cast more than one vote to a chili if you like! At the end of the evening we will count all the people’s choice votes in each cook’s tin, and announce the coveted People’s Choice Award.

In order to taste the chili, you will have to purchase taste tickets at the event. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check or charge, and the cost is as follows:

2 tastes: $1 – no people’s choice votes
6 tastes: $5 – 1 people’s choice vote
12 tastes: $8 – 2 people’s choice votes