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Snowdown Chili Cook-Off

Location

Fairground Exhibit Hall with the Bloody Mary Contest

When

Saturday of Snowdown

Preparation and booth set up

7:00 – 11:30 am

Open to the public for samples

Noon - 2 pm

Entry deadline

Sat 10:00 am

Award ceremony

2 pm

Prizes

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 Choice.

Other categories and random prizes will be given out throughout the event.

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Categories and Judging:

· Contestants can enter one or all 4 categories if they chose. However, they can only enter into each category once.

· 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.

Salsa

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 noon.

· 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

  • 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 be provided.
  • 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 or canned.
  • 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.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL GREG YUCHA AT 970-382-0788.