On June 22, Truckee will honor an age-old American tradition, a form of our heritage that defines our nation, a birthright, if you will, the great chili cookoff.
Eighteen contestants will showdown in a no-spices-barred contest to stew the best chili. Proceed from the event, presented by the Truckee Sunrise Rotary, will go to the Kidzone Museum.
“I can’t tell you what exactly is going to be there this time,” said contestant coordinator Tom Watson. “We’ve had chili with fish, chicken, beef, vegetarian chili. We’ve had them all. We’re always surprised and pleasantly surprised.”
The saucy event will not only feature a variety of chilis, but also live music, face painting and activities for kids. Drinking With Clowns will perform during the event.
Contestants will be divided into three divisions: individuals or families, non-profits and restaurants. A panel of judges featuring well-known local people will decided the winners. A people’s choice award will also be given.
Crews can begin setting up their cooking stations at 5 p.m. June 21. Between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., June 22, each team will prepare their chili. Tasting begins at 12 p.m. and judging commences around 3:15 p.m.
Attendees will be given unlimited chili tasting. Beer and cold beverages will be available.
The event only hosts 18 contestants because there is limited space and the judges can only eat so much chili, Watson said.
“We only have so much room,” he said. “Good luck on eating more than 18 cups of chili even if there was.”
Dylan Silver, Lake Tahoe Action