30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points

  October 16, 2017

This Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Five Points Association (FPA) will be hosting the 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points. Patrons will have the chance to watch teams battle it out to see who has the best chili in Columbia. The Chili Cook-Off will be from noon to 6pm at the intersection of Greene Street and Pavilion Avenue and is free to the public. Starting at noon, patrons can taste and enjoy over 30 unique chili varieties with lots of fixings for a donation and experience live entertainment for the entire family.
CALLING ALL CHEFS: The FPA is still accepting teams to compete in this year’s event. Anyone can sign up to compete in the contest on the Five Points website ( until Wednesday, October 18. Chilis will be tried by a panel of 10 judges and will be categorized by: Overall Best Chili, Best Vegetarian, Best Texas Chili, Best Non-Traditional, Best Bar/Restaurant. Additional categories that chef teams may compete for are Best Set-Up and the Taneyhill’s Group Therapy Silver Spoon Award for most monies raised.
The Cook-Off has more to offer than chili, so patrons are encouraged to bring a real appetite for food and fun for the whole family. Back for the second year, a food truck rodeo will be on site for the non-chili lovers. Event entertainment will include live music from noon to 6pm and corn hole games. Children are welcome all day long in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Little Peppers’ Place for a day of family fun, including a bounce house, mega slide, face painting and more.


• Laith Al-Saadi [5pm – 6:30pm]
• DJ Logic [3:35pm – 4:30pm]
• Ashes of Old Ways [2:25pm – 3:05pm]
• The Elovaters [1:15pm – 1:55pm]
• Slim Pickens [12:05pm – 12:45pm]
• Bois Obscur [11am – 11:40am]


• Food Truck Rodeo
For all the non-chili eating patrons, the festival will have regional food trucks on site from 2-6pm with varying options. Participating food trucks and carts include Coldstone Creamery, Pawleys Front Porch, Ono Grindz, and Doggy Bagz.
• Live Music
Live music from local and regional bands will play, starting at 11am. The event stage will be located on Greene Street at the corner of Harden Street.
• Change Stations
Patrons are strongly encouraged to come with a handful of ones, but in case they forget we have them covered. We will have two change stations and ATMS stretching through the cook-off, dispensing $5 bills only.
• Academy Sports + Outdoors Little Peppers’ Place
Open to all ages and located on Pavilion Street between the former Rite Aid parking lot and the City of Columbia parking lot. Patrons are encouraged to bring the whole family out to enjoy a mega slide, bounce house, Ladder 9 fire truck, face painting, sidewalk chalk, a bubble machine, and sweet treats from Brain Freeze Italian Ice.
• Enhanced Chef Experience
Making it easier and even more enjoyable, chef teams now have increased offerings, including: a Chef Headquarters, Lazy Chef set-up packages, discounts at local grocers, and an unlimited supply of complimentary bowls, napkins and spoons for samples. This year’s winners will take home beautiful custom trophies made by local company Stuyck.
• Official Chili Cook-Off Merchandise
Look for the “Merch” tent for this year’s long sleeve shirts and koozies, along with merchandise from previous Chili Cook-Off years.
• Merchant Sale & Specials
By presenting their “Chili Stain Sticker” or 21+ wristband in select Five Points stores, patrons can enjoy sales and specials on the day of Chili Cook-Off, including:
 Good For the Sole Shoes – extra 15% off NEW fall and clearance merchandise
 Hip-Wa-Zee - costume sale 25-75% off
 Loose Lucy’s - 15% off store-wide and an extra 10% off clearance items
 Natural Vibrations – 10% off storewide
 Office Depot – leave your computer while at the event for a free computer diagnostics and power clean, then come pick it up on your way home
 Papa Jazz – 20% off Red Hot Chili Peppers titles (CD & LP)
 Petal – 10% off storewide
 Soda City Mattress & Furniture - 10% off storewide
 Sunrise Artisan Bath & Body – 15% off storewide
 Tripp’s Fine Cleaners - 20% off items dropped off in store on Saturday, Oct. 21st
 Twig – 10% off storewide
 Upstairs Audio – Sidewalk sale with great deals on new & used merchandise
 Vestique – 10% off storewide
 Wildflower Boutique – 15% off entire purchase

The 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points would not be possible without support from: KW Beverage, Shock Top, Bottles Beverage Superstore, South Carolina Education Lottery, Station at Five Points, Amazon, Wolfe & Taylor Realtors, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Taneyhill’s Group Therapy, Courtyard Columbia Cayce, Checker Yellow, Next Home Specialists, Jake’s on Devine, WXRY, Free Times, Office Depot, Stuyck Company, the City of Columbia, and Experience Columbia SC.

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