Come on out on Sunday, Oct. 13 to sample the fabulous chili recipes created by local aficionados of this favorite fall and winter meal in a bowl at the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off at Lansing Autumn Fest 2013.
Entrants will check in and set up between 1 and 1:45 p.m. at the festival grounds at Foxe Point, the corner of Ridge Road and Lake Street.
The competition heats up at 2 p.m. with public tastings available for a $5 entrance fee. Times food columnist Phil Potempa will be among the panel of celebrity judges, and, of course, the public will also vote for The People’s Choice Award.
Each festival-going taster will receive a ballot for the People’s Choice Award to be placed in the ballot box. The People’s Choice Award winner will receive a $50 cash prize.
According to the rules, the chili will be brought to the event ready to eat. Each cook must bring at least two gallons of chili to ensure adequate amounts for festival-goers to sample. Contestants are allowed to supply condiments – such as cheese, sour cream, onions, etc. – to serve with their chili.
Judging will be based on texture, flavor, consistency, spice, color and aroma. All chili entrees will be blind judged and the decision of the judges is final.
The competition ends at 3 p.m. and awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m.
The first place winner will receive a $100 cash prize, trophy and free entry into the ICS Chilly Willie Chili Challenge in Orland Hills on Saturday, Jan. 25 2014. The second place entrée receives $50 and the third place winner will get $25 in cash.
Get your taste buds ready!!!