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Apr 24, 2010 12:06 PM

looking for chili cook-off

anyone know upcoming chili cook-offs in/around LA area.

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  1. Annual Malibu one is usually on and around Labor Day, I believe.

    There's also a big list of others with dates here:

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    1. re: wutzizname

      Not sure if there is going to be one this year. The large open area is being made into a hilly park, and I can't imagine it will be ready or a good location any more. Sad.

    2. By coincidence I saw a sign for a chili cook-off today. It's happening tomorrow in Thousand Oaks at the Conejo Creek Park.

      I found this link to a story about on the Ventura County Star website:

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      1. re: creamfinger

        Conejo Valley Days one is fun. Although the last time I went, 2 years ago, maybe 3, they had far fewer vendors than in years past.

      2. There is a small chili cook-off at the Topanga Community House each November.

        1. There is a big one taking place on Saturday in San Bernardino. I will be there...

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          1. re: WildSwede

            I just wanted to post on the Chili Cook-Off that took place in San Bernardino on Saturday. We arrived around 11:30, 11:45. $3 parking, free entrance and $3 Tasting Kit (this allows you to taste all the chilis). Kit consisted of a spoon, napkin, plastic cup and ballot in a zippy bag. I would guess there were 40-50 chili vendors. They were also doing a Menudo Cook-off as well (same price for a kit) and a salsa contest. I have been to many, many chili cook offs and this one is definitely one of the best. They do not rip you off and the chilis were really, really good. There were some I was definitely not crazy about, but none that had me running looking for the nearest trash can. The quality and flavors were great. Everyone that was there seemed to be having a great time. About every hour they had a saloon shoot-out type show that had really loud banging sounds that were annoying, but we all just dealt with it - the adults better than the kids, who were freaking out. There was a mariachi band, a drill team with drumline, a stage with entertainment. They had other booths selling other types of food (BBQ, hot dogs, nachos, etc) and some selling gift items. The weather was perfect and my stomach was getting full on some very good chili. I ended up voting for #109. I wonder who won. Either way, I will be back next year.

            1. re: WildSwede

              Hi WildSwede,

              Thanks for the report back. :) Now I'm really sad I missed this.

              Do you know if your favorite Chili Vendors have any restaurants that they serve their Chili from? Thanks.

              1. re: WildSwede

                I attended this cook off as well. I liked the one closest to the parking lot (killer chili) but I don't remember the booth number. The green chili was pretty good too. There were at least 2 competitors that added peanut butter, one of which was terrible. I had to dump chili from 2 booths. lol

                1. re: parker394

                  I realized that the best ones were the ones that were furthest away from the lake. The one you liked was the one with the hearst and skeleton, right? Next to Hillbilly Chili. The green chili was the one against the back wall? Fat Bastards or something... we liked that one as well. The ones on the edge of the lake, were the worst, but for the most part, the vast majority were really good. Some were already out of chili when we got there. Definitely need to get there early.
                  Exile: Unfortunately, I didn't pay attention. In hindsight, I wish I would have!!

            2. There is a Flea Market and a Chili Cook-off at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds this Sunday, May 2nd.