Summer is quickly coming to an end and it’s time for bonfires, pumpkin patches and a big bowl of Chili! ILLINOISouth is home to many chili cook offs and community events revolving around this bowl of deliciousness. Check out some of the events below to see where you can pick up some of this hearty soup!
5. Chili & Soup Cook-Off with Cupcake Wars in New Baden
When: October 28, 2017
Where: New Baden Civic Center
This event is sponsored by the New Baden Chamber of Commerce and features a tasters choice competition for both chili and soup. This Clinton County annual event also has fun for the whole family with a craft fair, bounce houses and more. Make sure to purchase your All-You-Can-Eat armbands to get as much Chili as you want!
4. Santa’s Holiday Avenue Parade and Chili Cook Off in Granite City
When: November 18, 2017
Where: Downtown Granite City
Enjoy this late fall event and get to see Santa Claus! Don’t miss the annual Christmas parade, get photos with Santa, and other events for the family. Activities include a bounce house, slide, face painting, pony rides and more! Make sure to get there early so you can try and vote on your favorite chili.
3. Chili Cook-Off and Fall Vintage Market in Pocahontas
When: October 21, 2017
Where: Village of Pocahontas
The chili cook-off starts at 10 am. Bring your own homemade chili or just try everyone else. The winner receives a cash payout. Also while you are there make sure t check out the craft booths to find some great items for your home or great gifts for Christmas. Lastly, there will be an Open Mic jam from 12-4PM. There is fun for the whole family happening in Pocahontas!
2. Chili Cook-Off in Okawville
When: October 14, 2017
Where: Community Park
Come out to enjoy chili tastings, entertainment, and wine tastings. There will be awards for the best chili and activities for the family to enjoy. Come spend a lovely fall day at Okawville’s Community Park.
1. Annual Chili Cook-Off in Belleville
When: October 6-7, 2017
Where: Main Street
Get ready for one of the Belleville’s main events. This chili cook off shuts down Main Street to bring crowds in for some fun. Spend the day tasting chili, the Annual Chili Chase 5k Run/Walk, Kids Pepper Dash, a children’s area, and the annual Junior Idol Competition. There will also be live music from Fan Fare, Well Hungarians, and Queens Boulevard. Make sure to vote on your favorite chili so it can win the People’s Choice Award.
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