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Chili Cook-Off

Sunday, October 18th 2015
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
OC Fair & Events Center

Not Your Same Old Chili Cook-off

It is time once again for the annual Orange County Wine Society Chili Cook-off! This year we are going to renew some of our favorite traditions and incorporate a couple new things.

Something New: We will have a DJ who will be able to play whatever music genre suits your fancy. Whether you favor 60s, 70s or 80s, swing or country western, ballroom or salsa, our DJ will have something for everyone.

Awards: This year's award categories are as follows

Category One:

People's Choice
Best Overall Traditional Chili – 1st Place
Best Overall Traditional Chili – 2nd Place
Best Overall Traditional Chili – 3rd Place
Most Unusual Chili

* Best Vegetarian Chili
* Best Chili without Beans
* Best Chili with Wine

Category Two:

Best Presentation


Categories marked with an asterisk must be marked on the entry form.  You may enter only one of these categories.  The committee reserves the right to withdraw any category if there are not enough entrants for that category. 

Now’s your chance to show off your cooking skills and enter your own special “private stash.”  
If cooking is not your fancy and you just want to taste, you can simply attend and sample the many chili’s being offered.

In addition to all the great diverse chilies, our Cooks' Caucus will be back cooking up barbecue picnic fare with all the accompaniments. We will also have a wide variety of wines and beer to cool your palette after tasting the chilies.

All chili entrants will be awarded a bottle of wine for your efforts.  Prize-winning chili chefs will be awarded the highly coveted Engraved Chili Ladle. Our distinguished panel of judges from the Culinary Arts Department at Orange Coast College will again do the honors of tasting and judging the chilies.   

Contestants will be able to begin setting up at 10:00 am. All presentations and chilies must be ready for judging by 11:15 am. The event formally begins at 1:00 pm and all entries will be available for general chili tasting.

For members who only want to participate in the tasting, the admission price is $32 for members and $42 for guests. Chili chefs and their team contestants are admitted free. Cooks must submit their entry form no later than Friday, October 14.  

If you would like to volunteer to help put on this fun event, please contact our volunteer coordinator Jolen Zeroski at


~ Chili Cook-off Rules ~
1. Each team will consist of no more than two cooks, one of whom must be a member of the OCWS.
2. Each Chili Team will have four linear feet of work/display area.
3. Each entry must provide at least six quarts of chili.
4. Chili must be ready for judging by 11:15 am.
5. You need to provide a way to keep the chili hot (camp stove, crock pot, etc.)
6. If you need electricity, you must furnish your own extension cord. Extension cords must be the heavy-duty type.
7. Judging will start promptly at 11:30 am with open tasting to follow at 1:00 pm.
8. Bring your own ladle or spoon for serving.
9. Sign-up by October 14.

Brian McDonald, Chili Cook-off Chair

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