31st Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points

Saturday, November 3, 2018

The 31st Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points will be on Saturday, November 3rd. Once again, we are giving you the chance to watch teams battle it out for Columbia's best chili! Join us on Greene St. & Pavilion Ave. from noon to 6 pm, for over 30 awesome chilis, live music, children’s area, craft beers, cornhole, a few GIANT games, and more!

The best part? The event is FREE!

Chilis will be taste tested by our panel of 10 experts and judged in the following categories: Overall Best Chili (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place), Best Vegetarian, Best Texas Style, and Best Non-Traditional. Bar & Restaurant teams will be competing for the Best Bar/Restaurant. All teams will also be competing for Best Set-Up"and the Taneyhill's Group Therapy Silver Spoon Award for the most monies raised.

Money raised through $1 donations (chili samples & 21+ wristbands) go towards Happy Wheels and Venture Crew 312 - both benefit youth in the greater Columbia area. Each week volunteers with Happy Wheels bring fully-loaded carts filled with new toys and books for children in the hospital. Sponsored by the Boys Scouts of America, Venture Crew 312 is a co-ed, fun-seeking, outdoor-oriented youth group aimed at growing future leaders.

Chili samples are available for a $1 donation, so please come with small bills in hand! Forgot your ones? We will have 3 change stations (and ATMs dispensing $5s) on site.



Don't like chili? No problem! We will have plenty of non-chili options from Los Chicanos Food Truck, BBQ by Robbie, Carolina Cookin', and Cold Stone Creamery.

Each beer location will be offering 21+ wristbands for a $1 donation to attendees 21 years of age or older - these will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages. Additionally, Blue Point Brewery will be on site in their boat turned bar "GET TOASTED" with a selection of 6 seasonal draft brews.

Official 31st Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points merch will be available at the Merch Tent next to the Food Truck Rodeo.

Thanks to our friends at Academy Sports + Outdoors the Chili Cook-Off is a guaranteed good time for the whole family! Academy Sports + Outdoors' "Little Peppers Place" will be a big hit with the kids with a mega slide/bounce house combo, face painting, temporary tattoos, and balloon twisting from Emerald's Artistry Face Painting & Balloon Fun, sweet treats from Brain Freeze, bubbles and more!

You've seen them around town and on Live PD on A&E. Now come meet Richland Counties' very own Lieutenant Danny Brown and Senior Deputy Garo Brown! Special thanks to the Richland County Sheriff's Department!

WXRY 99.3 FMwill be on-sight live broadcasting.

Thanks to Jake's on Devine, your four-legged best friends can stay hydrated all day long! Please keep all dogs leashed and leave aggressive dogs at home. Be aware there will be loud noises through out the day so skittish dogs may not feel comfortable at the event.

Think you have what it takes to compete? There's still time to register! Put your money where your mouth is and sign up today -

The 31st Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points would not be possible without the support from these Midlands' businesses and sponsors: KW Beverage Columbia, Blue Point Brewery, Bottles Beverage Superstore Columbia, Academy Sports + Outdoors, South Carolina Education Lottery, Free Times, Group Therapy, WXRY 99.3 FM, Wolfe & Taylor, Office Depot, Carolina Fire Safety, City of Columbia Government, and Experience Columbia SC.

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