Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hot list for fall? How about chili festivals

The Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds is pairing car parks and fall chili events on its website.

Their way-hot list of suggestions:

Happy Trails Regional Chili Cook-Off, Apple Valley, Calif., Oct. 18

Local businesses, clubs and individuals are encouraged to enter the community division, while professionals have a shot to qualify for the 2014 ICS World Championships by entering into the International Chili Society division.

Other offerings include food vendors and a beer garden, live music and a car show.

Chillinois Regional, Taylorville, Ill., Oct. 4-5.

The event, also known as the Taylorville Chillifest, has a chili cook-off and traditional chili tasting, plus Miss and Mister Chilli Pepper pageants, a 5K run, beard and apron contest and parade.

The day’s festivities include a community breakfast, craft show, car show and, of course, chili tasting. Special guest:  Bobby Brantley of TruTV’s “Lizard Lick Towing.”

This festival offers free admission and parking for a day that includes a chili cook-off and tasting, food and craft vendors, live music, craft demonstrations, a lumberjack competition and a kid zone. All chili is cooked from scratch on-site.

St. Nick’s Chili Fix Chili Cook-Off, Anderson, S.C., Dec. 6

The $5 admission and dish-entry fees benefit the local Meals on Wheels. Professional and amateur chili cooks face off for the honor of first prize. Also making an appearance: Santa Claus.