Winter’s Warmers 2020 - Chili Competition

By phillyhomebrew (other events)

Saturday, March 7 2020 12:00 PM 5:30 PM EST


Each chili competition registration includes admission to the event and event glasses for a team of 2.

You may compete in one of the following styles: Non-Traditional or Traditional Red Chili. Traditional Red Chili is any kind of meat or combination of meats cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and veggies (onion, tomato etc). Beans, pasta and corn are not allowed.

Each team is required to bring at least 2 gallons of Chili. Please bring your chili in a full size aluminum steam table medium depth 2 3/16 deep. However, we highly recommend bringing 2 hotel pans so that everyone has a chance to taste your chili, and vote for it! Each contestant will be provided with table space. Each contestant is responsible for their own serving utensils & any toppings. PHBC will provide chafing dishes filled with hot water & heated by sterno.

Each team can start setting up at 12:00PM. Chili must be at serving temperature by 1:30PM for judging. Each team will be given 1 bowl for judging. The Bowl will be filled with the contestant’s Chili and supplied to the judges for tasting.

Prizes will be announced at 4:30PM. Checks for winning teams will be distributed at the conclusion of the event. Please be sure to include a valid name and address to which you would like us to make the check payable.

You will receive an email the week prior to the event with you location number for setting up.

All competitors should be cleared out by 6:00PM

Categories are subject to change based on the number of participants. If fewer than 5 teams enter for a specific category, entries may be grouped together: Traditional may be combined with Non-Traditional.


People's Choice: $200

Anything Goes!

First Place: at least $200*  

Second Place: at least $100

Third Place: at least $50

Traditional (no beans)**

First Place: at least $200

Second Place: at least $100

Third Place: at least $50

In the case of a tie, the winner will be decided by a coin flip.

* All prizes are based upon a minimum of ten (10) entries.  The prize pool will increase with additional entries. PHBC will provide updated prize amounts to entrants prior to the event.

** Traditional will only be considered as a stand-alone category in the event that five (5) entries are received.  If less than five (5) entries are received, all Traditional entries shall be judged under the Anything Goes category and all entry fees paid for Traditional shall be included in the prize pool for Anything Goes, with payouts being increased accordingly.


The following rules are to be adhered to by all cooks and/or their assistants.

A Chili Team can have no more than two (2) members.

Chili should be prepared in advance. Chili cannot be made with ingredients from home canned goods because of health and safety concerns. Each contestant must cook a minimum of one hotel pan full of chili. Sterno Burners will be provided by the PHBC.

The Chili Cook-off will officially end following judging that will begin at 2:30pm. At which time you will serve the remaining chili to the public and may participate in the People’s Choice Award.

Contestants will be responsible for supplying all of their cooking/serving utensils. Chili made the day prior must be reheated to at least 165°F for 1 hour. Contestants will serve their chili until 5:30pm or until they run out of chili.

Contestants will be permitted to set up their equipment, decoration and other facilities any time after 12:00PM on the day of the Cook-off. All cooking areas must be set up and operating by 1:30pm.

Chili must be turned in to the judging table no later than 1:30pm.



This event is 21 and up. Children ages 2 and under may be admitted when accompanied by an adult and confined to a stroller or carrier.