Chili cook-off set for Sept. 23

By Press Release

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is now receiving registration for cooks interested in competing in the 2016 Chili Cook-Off which will take place on Friday, Sept. 23, from 5-7 p.m. during the Mountain Harvest Festival, in Paonia Town Park.

The cost to enter is $10 and the deadline is Friday, Sept. 16. Registration information is available online at, as well as at Paonia Farm & Home Supply on Grand Ave, Don's Market in Paonia and at City Market in Hotchkiss.

Late registration fees are $25 and the deadline is Sept. 22. This year, church, youth and sport groups are invited to challenge each other. Who will take home the coveted people's choice award of $150?

A secret panel of three culinary specialists will judge each chili in one of the five judged categories. The People's Choice award will be determined by the tasting audience. The cook with the most audience votes will receive the People's Choice award.

Cash prizes are awarded to the winner in each category as follows: Best Green Chili $75; Best Red $75; Best Meatless $75; Best Exotic $75; Best in Town Plaque (for restaurants); and People's Choice $150.