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.
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.
1 / Make Your Best
Make your best pot of chili.
2 / Drop Off 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).
3 / Create a card
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.
4 / Time to Judge
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.
5 / chili for all
The remainder of your chili will be sold by the taste or by the bowl, with all proceeds going to the Lyons Garden Club.
6 / pick up your pot
Pick up your crockpot and ladle between 7:30 and 8:00 pm.
Chow Down on 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.