The 6th annual Oshkosh Chili Cook-Off is taking place on Saturday October
14th at Opera House square in downtown Oshkosh. This event is sponsored by
the Oshkosh Rotary Club and net proceeds will once again be donated to the
Day by Day Warming Shelter.
Gates open at 11:00 am with Chili Tasting beginning at 1:00. There is free
admission this year and cups will be available to purchase ($10 for 12 cups) for the chili
tasting. Judging begins at 1:00 with winners to be announced at 2:00.
Entertainment this year will be provided by Salsa Manzana which is an
authentic Salsa Band of Lawrence University students, alumni & professors
combined with other veteran local and Caribbean musicians. Family
activities will be available including yard games and Bubble Bump – get
your bubble suit on and have fun! The Oshkosh Rotary Club will also host
the beverage tent serving hot apple cider, water, soda and beer.
Bring your appetite! There will be up to 30 different Chilies to sample
along with Salsa & Pico de Gallo at each booth. Chips will again be
provided by Ada Thimke of Lara’s Tortilla Flats.
The best pots will receive crowd favorite awards, but everyone who gets a chance to taste these delicious creations will be a winner. . The cook-off is held in conjunction with the downtown Farmers Market making it a great time to take advantage of sales and specials and browse a big selection of fall produce. Pick up squash, pumpkins, or perhaps some ingredients to make your own special pot of 5-alarm chili!
MOST SPIRITED TEAM: The team that embraces the spirit of the festival with be judged on a combination of best booth presentation and best outfits/costumes.
-1st place $100 each (Traditional, Specialty & Team Spirit)
-2nd place $50 each (Traditional, Specialty & Team Spirit)
-3rd place (Traditional, Specialty & Team Spirit) will be awarded Free Registration into Next Year’s Contest
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Festival-goers will vote for their favorite chili by placing one voting tab in the voting box at their favorite chili booth. Free Registration into Next Year’s Contest.
Bring the family and an empty belly and get your fill of chili as we welcome in the cool days of fall and raise money for Day by Day Warming Shelter. We can’t wait to see you there!