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The Grand Central Chili Cook-Off

Posted: 2:55 PM, Feb 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-27 19:55:46Z

The Grand Central Chili Cook-Off is the District’s longest-running event and serves as a fundraiser for the GCDA, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The event will take place Saturday, March 3, 2018 from noon – 4:00 p.m. – rain or shine – along the 2400-2500 blocks of Central Avenue and will include the chili competition with over 30 contestants, live music, dozens of vendors and chance drawings.

Chili tasting tickets are available at www.grandcentraldistrict.org . Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended; If available tickets will be sold at the event for $20 adults/$15 for children. Chili tasting tickets include samples of all the chili entries, and voting participation in the People’s Choice category.  The chili entries will also be tasted and scored by local celebrity judges, and winners will be announced at 3:30pm in multiple categories:  Best Restaurant, Best Business/Organization, Best Individual, and People’s Choice, and Best Gluten-free chili.  

There is no admission fee to enjoy the non-chili elements of the event, including access to vendors and live local music.  Beverages will be available for purchase from vendors and local establishments.

Registration for chili contest entrants is still open, and sponsorship, vendor and volunteer opportunities are available.  For more information, please contact the Grand Central District Association at 727.828.7006 or via email at chilicookoff@grandcentraldistrict.org .