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The Chili Cook-Off Returns

The Chili Cook-Off Returns

October 19, 2021

Once a year, chefs of all experience levels convene on the Santa Cruz boardwalk with one goal, and one goal only: to prove they have the most mouthwatering chili recipe in their cooking arsenal.

After a year of hiatus, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off returns to Surf City on October 23, 2021, and the pressure is on to see which chef walks away with one of the highly coveted awards. 

The day begins as chefs prepare to cook their unique stews, and from 10-1 PM the boardwalk becomes a runway of culinary delight as the smell of chili peppers and garlic fills the air. Chili enjoyers aren’t left behind, though: tasting kits are available that allow attendees to sample the options up in the running, along with a People’s Choice ballot that gives them the chance to cast their vote and make their voice heard. Awards are given for a range of categories, from Most Tasted to Best Amateur Vegetarian—but the truth is, everyone’s a winner when it comes to a fun-filled day of sampling and savoring chili on the boardwalk.