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Call for Chili Chefs

Registration Open for 2018 Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off

SANTA CRUZ, CA (September 7, 2018) – Registration is open for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off. The ninth annual Cook-Off takes place along the Boardwalk on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Entertaining costumes and booth décor are encouraged, fun is required. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best Chili, People’s Choice, Most Tasted, and Most Original teams. Two types of chili are eligible, Red (con carne) and Vegetarian.
The entry fee for amateur cooking teams is $50, and $75 for professionals. Each team receives two Boardwalk All-Day Rides Wristbands, two 2018 Chili Cook-Off T-shirts, and a complimentary parking pass.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Teen Kitchen Project. The nonprofit serves Santa Cruz County, bringing young people into the kitchen to learn to cook delicious and nourishing food for individuals and families in crisis due to a life-threatening illness.  
Admission to the Chili Cook-Off is free. Visitors can watch chefs prepare their chili on the Boardwalk, and for $10.00 taste up to six different samples as well as vote for the People’s Choice winner. Cooking begins at 10:00 a.m., tasting starts at 1:00 p.m., and winners will be announced at 4:00 p.m.
Boardwalk rides will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day of the event. The Casino Arcade and Neptune’s Kingdom will also be open.
For more information including the official entry form, and Cook-Off rules please visit

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