McMinnville Parks and Recreation is offering a chance for individuals to prove their chili is indeed the best. A countywide chili cook-off will be held March 6.
“To my knowledge, we have not had a community-wide chili competition sponsored by us,” said Kendra Foust, McMinnville Parks and Recreation program coordinator.
There will be three categories: traditional red chili, white chili, and spicy chili. The cost to enter is $25 per category. First, second, and third place winners will be selected in each category, as well as a People’s Choice Award. Trophies will be given to each winner, as well as $50 to first place and $25 to second place.
Registration for the cook-off is open to everyone. Foust is encouraging home cooks, local restaurant owners, and winners of smaller competitions to enter.
“It’s our first year and we hope everyone gets involved because this could be a fun competition,” said Foust.
Judging will be similar to that used during Smokin’ in McMinnville.
“The community will be judging the competition,” said Foust. “The public will be allowed to come in for $5 per person. They get to taste each chili, which will be about 2 to 3 ounces of each chili. If we have 10 competitors, you are potentially looking at 30 ounces of chili.”
Along with samples of each chili entered, judges will be given a hotdog, drink, and condiments. Next year’s prize money could increase, depending on participation.
McMinnville Chili Cook-Off will be held March 6 at 6 p.m. at McMinnville Civic Center. Judging will run from 6 to 8 p.m., or until samples run out. For more information or to register, call 473-1212.