Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff Preview
This year’s annual Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff will be the 31st year of the competition. As an official International Chili Society (ICS) event, around 8,000 – 10,000 people are expected to line the 600 block of Douglas this Saturday to sample a wide variety of chili and other dishes.
The area will be closed off this year in order to create a block party atmosphere, complete with live music from Wichita’s Annie Up, an extensive kids’ area, free ice cream, various competitions and more.
For the cost of a $5 tasting kit, spectators can sample over 70 types of chili when public tasting begins at noon Saturday. The categories of chili will range from official ICS-sanctioned varieties like Chili Verde, Red Chili, Home-Style Chili, Salsa as well as fun categories like No-Beans, Anything Goes and the Chili For Charity where teams from the area compete for top prize.
The ICS competition winners at this year’s event will have a chance to compete in the World Championship Chili Cookoff in Las Vegas next month. The other competitions at this year’s Wichita event will include: Mr. Hot Stuff and Ms. Chili Pepper that will award $100 to the winners, and a Pepper Eating Contest where contestants will compete to see who can eat the most peppers in five minutes.
Everyone who has purchased a tasting kit may vote on the chili they like best as well as a full bowl of Chili prepared by the Wichita Wagonmasters and served in the former Spaghetti Works parking lot.
Money raised at this year’s event will fund the Wagonmasters’ Good Life Grants in conjunction with the Wichita Community Foundation, which provides thousands of dollars to area nonprofit organization and to the community. For more information on this year’s event, visit the Wagonmasters website at www.wagonmasterschili.com.
September 26th, 2015
9:00am - Cooking begins
Noon - Public tasting begins. (Tasting Kit is $5)
2:15pm - Mr. Hot Stuff Competition
2:30pm - Mrs. Chili Pepper Competition
2:45pm - Pepper Eating Contest
600 Block of E. Douglas Ave