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5th Annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Join us for the Boardwalk's 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off! 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

9:00am-10:00am: Preparation period (no heat)

10:00am-1:00pm: Cooking period

10:00am: Tasting kits go on sale

1:00pm: Public tasting begins

4:00pm: Winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

Try Some Chili!

Boardwalk admission is free! Just purchase tasting kits to sample chili from dozens of competitors.

Tasting Kits are $9 each.

Each kit Includes 5 taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.


A portion of the proceeds from Chili tasting kit sales will benefit Haven of Hope.

The competition features four categories:

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

Awards will be given for Best Chili in each category, plus People's Choice, Most Tasted, and Most Original Booth.


Awards include plaques, cash prizes, and bragging rights!

(Team registration is closed)


Thank you to our Chili Cook-Off Sponsors

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