Snowdown Chili Cook-Off
Fairground Exhibit Hall with the Bloody Mary
Saturday of Snowdown
Preparation and booth set up
7:00 – 11:30 am
Open to the public for samples
Noon - 2 pm
Sat 10:00 am
There will be official blind judging for the
following categories with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd:
Vegetarian – Turn in 10:30 am
Green Chili – Turn in 11:00 am
Traditional Red Chili – Turn in 11:30 am
Homestyle Red Chili – Turn in 11:45 am
Attendants can vote for overall People’s Choice
in RED and GREEN Chili only.
People Choice Prizes are donated from local
businesses and will be given out for: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for Red and Green
Chilies. Please note that all red chilies will be placed into one category for People’s
Other categories and random prizes will be given
out throughout the event.
REGISTER HERE 0N-LINE
Categories and Judging:
Contestants can enter one
or all 4 categories if they chose. However, they can only enter into each
Vegetarian chilies can
either be red or green, but must be completely vegetarian.
Green chili can contain
beans, pasta, corn and any other fillers.
Traditional Red Chili
must follow the International Chili Society standards for red chili.
Please note that chilies
that are disqualified for Traditional Red Chili will be automatically entered
in the Homestyle Red Category.
Homestyle Red Chili can
contain beans, corn pasta and anything that makes chili unique to Durango.
Salsas may be made of
any ingredient, including canned ingredients. They may be cooked or uncooked
and may be prepared off site. Contestants can make as much or as little salsa
as they would like. Additional salsa should be provided to guests free-of-charge.
Contestants wishing to
participate in the salsa contest should provide their salsa to the public with
chips no later than 10:00 am.
Contestants must provide
chips or tortillas to serve with salsa.
All of the cooks will be
given the opportunity to vote for their favorite salsa between 10:00 am and
Voting ballots must be
turned in by 12:00.
Winners will be
announced during the awards ceremony at 2 pm.
Prizes for salsa will be
various gift certificates from local businesses.
Any leftover salsa
should be provided to guests free-of-charge
There will be no
official judging of salsa this year and the cooks will determine the winners.
Rules DOWNLOAD RULES HERE
- Set up and Cooking will begin
at 7:00am Saturday of Snowdown Weekend.
- One 3’ X 8’ serving table, one
3’ X 8’ preparation table and 2 chairs will be provided.
- A minimum of 3 (three) gallons
of chili must be prepared; we are encouraging contestants to make 5
gallons. Anticipate around 3,000 people at the event. Chili tasting
cups are sold to the public as a fundraiser for Snowdown. Contestants must
hand out 1½ oz. samples to guests from noon - 2:00 pm, 1½ oz. ladles will
- Each team is limited to turning
in one chili per category.
- Each contestant will be
furnished with an official judging cup for submitting their entry. Each
judging cup will have a concealed numbered ticket attached with a matching
numbered ticket to be removed and retained by the cook. Winners will be
announced by number. This is a totally blind judging.
- Kitchen facilities are not
available for contestants. Water is available for cooking and cleanup. All
booths must provide their own means of cooking (propane, Coleman stoves,
etc.) Electricity is available, but you must furnish your own
extension cords. All extension cords must be duct-taped down.
- ALL PROPANE MUST BE IN A 1 POUND
SMALL GREEN CONTAINER OR A 12 POUND WHITE CONTAINER – WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE LARGE WHITE 5
GALLON PROPANE TANKS INDOORS. LARGE 5 GALLON PROPANE TANKS ARE ALLOWED,
BUT YOU MUST COOK OUTSIDE.
- Traditional Red Chili must
follow the modified International Chili Society rules below.
- Homestyle Red Chili and Green
Chili may contain any combinations of meats, chili, peppers, spices and
other ingredients. Beans, tomatoes, etc. are welcome and can be precooked
- Meat can be precooked; however,
you must mix and cook the chili at the Fairgrounds.
- Each contestant is responsible
for delivering his/her cup, filled to the bottom of the cup rim, to the
chief judge in the judging area at the required time.
- Winners will be announced at
the awards ceremony at 2:00 pm.
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL GREG YUCHA AT 970-382-0788.