Do I make the chili at home or at the event?
Please make the chili at home, reheat at the event
How much chili should I make?
A reasonable size pot is fine, enough for judges to sample and for the crowd to have a good taste.
Chili's great, but what about side dishes for my chili?
Creativity in chili dishes is strongly encouraged...
I'm a vegetarian...can I enter?
Yes! Creativity is encouraged, vegetarian, vegan, and all types!
we will have several electric heating elements/burners to reheat before the judges & crowd sample
Do I need to enter the competition in order to attend, or can I come along for the fun & taste?
No need to enter the cookoff or bakeoff, all are welcome, but of course it does make it a lot more interesting and fun to enter either competition!
So...should I bring other food than Chili to eat?
Chili from the competition will be available after judging for sampling (around 4pm). Best to bring some a picnic or bbq along as well especially if you have a family. Several fire pits and wood are available for use (bring starters). Also, there's a restaurant at the visitors center with food & drink.
Judges, what's the criteria to become one?
The prior year's winner will be one of the judges for the upcoming cookoff. The other judges have proved their worthy through years of training and chili appreciation! Given the huge efforts and heart that contestants put into their chili, we make sure the judging is fair.
What if it rains?
The event is at a large outdoor pavillon, so rain or shine the cookoff will go on!
How can I help Kalangarian (Indian Widow Charity) or find out more?
We will have info at the event for those interested
I love chili and the idea, how can I help?
Contact us at the event or write us below and help us organize next year's event. Our hope is to build up the event further each year.