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The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off

October 19, 2022

California’s answer to Coney Island, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is one of the many sites that make Santa Cruz a shining gem of the West Coast. Later this month, the Beach Boardwalk will once again host a most delicious annual tradition: the Chili Cook-Off. On Saturday, October 22, dozens of contestants from across the region who’ve spent years honing their recipes to fiery perfection will gather to show off their skills and compete for cash prizes. Cooking starts at 10am, and tastings begin at 1pm (tasting kits, good for sampling from six vendors, cost just $12). Judges will announce the winners at 4pm. Meanwhile, you can spend the day playing mini-golf, laser tag, ping pong, pool, and arcade games; spinning, flipping, zigging, zooming, zagging, and plunging on eleven unique thrill rides; or journeying beneath the Boardwalk to brave the thrills and chills of the fiendishly popular Fright Walk.