The Western Regional Chili Cook-Off, presented by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club returns to Del Mar on August 6, 2016. Team chili cooks will cook up their best chili for four different categories: Red, People’s Choice, Chili Verde, and Salsa. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment and view classic cars while sampling chili. There will also be a selection of ice cold beer too, which is always a great pairing for chili! Donations from the People’s Choice Chili category will go the benefit the Mitchell Thorp Foundation supporting families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases, and disorders.
The public will be able to get free chili samples from the cooks starting at 1 p.m. until gone and vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice award. Winners take home a cash prize: 1st place - $500, 2nd place - $300, and 3rd place - $100.
Winners in Red, Chili Verde, and Salsa will be selected by a panel of judges. Winners take home a cash prize: Red Chili – 1st Place - $500, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100; Chili Verde – 1st place - $300, 2nd place - $150, 3rd place - $100; and Salsa – 1st place - $200, 2nd place - $100, 3rd place - $50.
1st place winners will also receive an invitation to compete at the 2016 World’s Championship Chili Cookoff in Reno, NV in October.
Schedule of Events:
7 a.m. – Cooks arrive to set up booth
9 a.m. – Cooks’ meeting – all categories
10 a.m. – Verde cooks light your fires
11 a.m. – Salsa turn-in and salsa judges’ meeting
12 p.m. – Red chili cooks light your fires
12:30 p.m. – Chili Verde judges’ meeting
1 p.m. – Chili Verde turn-in / Red and verde cooks start serving People’s Choice
1:30 p.m. – Home style judges meeting (credit unions)
2 p.m. – Home style turn-in and start serving
2:30 p.m. – Red chili judges’ meeting
3 p.m. – Red chili turn-in
4 p.m. – People’s Choice ballots turned in
4:30 p.m. – Winners announced
Tickets: Admission price to enter the facility ranges from $6-10.
If you love chili, make plans to visit the Western Regional Chili Cook-Off!
For more information:
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014
Parking: Paid parking in private lot
Train: Del Mar provides free shuttle to and from the track for Amtrak and Coaster trains.
Do you have a winning chili or salsa recipe? Sign up to compete.