2017 Kiwanis Chili Cookoff Hilton Head Island
Blown away by Hurricane Matthew in October, the Chili Cookoff is baaaacckk!
When: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Where: Shelter Cove Community Park
Hours: 11:30A - 3:30P
What: Chili cookoff contest
Cost: $15 per person (if you buy ahead of time or $20 at the gate) FOR ALL THE CHILI YOU CARE TO EAT
Contact: Jim Gant
What is going on?
Our mouthes have been watering since last October - this fun event usually is a popular fall event. It gives both professional and amateur cooks alike the opportunity to show how creative and HOW HOT they can make their chili entries. You'll have all kinds of choices from chicken to beef to alligator, with beans, without beans, vegetarian, vegan, and everything in between. Kiwanis expects about 30 entrants and this event has actually been featured in Southern Living Magazine.
Where can you get tickets?
You can buy them in advance at Burke's Pharmacy, or Reilley's South, on Hilton Head Island or Honey Baked Ham in Bluffton, and Bluffton Pharmacy. You can also get them from any Kiwanis member. This entitles you to sample all or as many of the chilis as you want!
Where does the money go?
The Kiwanis, as many other local organizations is very involved and proceeds for this event go to The Children's Center, The Coastal Discovery Museum, Operation R&R, Marine Corps Scholarship Fund, Week of Champions, The Sandbox and several other youth programs.
Hints to enjoy the Chili Cookoff?
1. Have antacids - no seriously, this is to be enjoyed and not all of the selections are that spicy. The various competitors all have choices as to whether you want to sample a firey hot chili or one that is fairly mild and you can spice it up yourself.
2. Come early and come hungry! For those of us who have come year after year, we know that the favorites (One Hot Mama's, Kenny B's, Burke's Pharmacy, and the Hilton Head Firefighters) run out of their yummy chili and we all kind of head there. For smokey goodness, the Smokehouse always has terrific chili too.
3. Bring cash - always easier and that way if you have a family member who really is not a fan of the chili, they can get hot dogs and ice cream.
4. Bring your ID - they will be selling beer and wine so be prepared.
5. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on. The Chilly Willy Band will again be playing and there will also be an area with games for the kids - including a water slide - so I guess add bringing a towel to that list!
Doesn't this sound like a great thing to do? Wouldn't you LOVE to live in a community that has these kinds of events?