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Chili Cook-Off

Put your chili-cooking skills to the test in the Lyons Garden Club Chili Cook-Off, or simply come grab a a bowl (or a taste!) of chili before or after the Lyons Spooktacular Parade and downtown Halloween activities!  Past years have seen 30+ local chilis entered for the cook-off and available for purchase.

The 2022 Chili Cook-Off will take place on Saturday, October 29 at MainStage Brewing, right at the end of the parade route with access to local libations alongside your home-cooked chili.

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Compete in the Cook-Off

Anyone can join the Chili Cook-Off!  No prior registration required.  Simply bring a crockpot of chili and our judges will carefully select winners in three categories: red, green, and vegetarian.

How to Enter

  • Make your best pot of chili!

  • Bring your crockpot and a serving ladle to MainStage brewing between 3:30 and 4:30 pm on October 29th (be sure your crockpot and ladle are labeled with your name and phone number).

  • Bring a ~6x4 card to display with your chili that includes your category (red, green, or vegetarian), a list of your ingredients (including the type of meat), a note on how hot (spicy) your chili is, and if your chili is gluten free or vegan.

  • Judging will begin at 4:30!  Chili Cook-Off winners from each category will receive both bragging rights as well as a $50 gift card to a local Lyons establishment.

  • The remainder of your chili will be sold by the taste or by the bowl, with all proceeds going to the Lyons Garden Club.

  • Pick up your crockpot and ladle between 7:30 and 8:00 pm.

Grab a Bowl or Taste of Chili

Anyone partaking in the downtown Lyons festivities can purchase chili during the Chili Cook-Off!​

Simply stop into the MainStage Brewing beer garden beginning at 4:30 pm.  You'll be able to taste all of the recipes entered into the Chili Cook-Off.  Tastes are available for $1 each ($5 for 5 tastes), or you'll be able to purchase a bowl for $5.  Past participants often purchase several tastes and then settle in on a bowl of their favorite.

All chilis will be labeled with their ingredients, vegetarian/vegan status, whether or not they are gluten free, and other details.

Proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off to to the Lyons Club as we continue to beautify Lyons, Colorado one flower at at time.

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Need a Chili Info Card?

Download and print this template from home.

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