Applications to compete are available for download here: 2019 Chili Cookoff Contestant Application.
Contestants will begin preparing their special recipes early that morning on Main Street, which will close to vehicular traffic for the event. Official judging will take place throughout the early afternoon in three categories: chili, salsa and ribs (pork). Local volunteer foodies will rate entries based on flavor, texture, consistency, spice, aroma and presentation.
Members of the public can weigh in by purchasing a People’s Choice tasting kit and casting their vote for their favorite Salsa and Chili recipes. A very limited number of tasting kits will be sold starting at 11AM. The People’s Choice salsa tastings begin at 11:30am, with chili at 12:00pm. Because of limited supply, the Rib category is not eligible for People’s Choice. Winners will be announced at 3:30PM and contestants must be present to win. Teams will also compete for an award for best-decorated booth.
In addition to a day of culinary exploration, the event will feature live music from Vinyl Ride, Pub Kats and Black Rock Project. Beer & wine will be for sale in Town Square with Main Street closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate contestants, food trucks, craft and merchant vendors and a family-friendly game zone.
The DVBID represents over 400+ local businesses, artisans and family-owned shops and restaurants that call our district home. We pride ourselves on presenting signature special events, shopping strolls, holiday celebrations and feature live music and food festivals all year. There’s always something happening in Downtown Vacaville.
For additional information on the Downtown Salsa, Rib & Chili Cookoff, please call 451-2100 or visit www.downtownvacaville.com. #DowntownVacaville