The Inland Empire is no stranger to International Chili Society chili cookoffs.
This weekend, Palm Springs will be hosting the World’s Championship Chili Cookoff.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday (October 11 to 13) at the Spa Resort Casino, 401 E. Amado Road.
Participants will be competing for nearly $45,000 in prize money, with the top prize — for best chili — garnering $25,000.
Other prizes include best chili verde, best salsa and best homestyle chili.
There will also be divisions for restaurants and military/public service.
In addition to the chili contests, there will be competitions for Shoot-n-Holler, Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Sauce.
If chili’s not quite your thing, the event will also feature a few food trucks (Cruising Cones, Krave Fusion, Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice and Suite 106 Cupcakery), plus local food vendors, including Alicante Spanish Mediterranean Cuisine, Cali Pop, E & E Pel’s, Las Casuelas Terraza, Woody’s Burgers and Zin American Bistro.
Attendees will be entertained by a variety of live bands daily.
Celebrity judges include Ruta Lee, Fred Williamson and Trini Lopez.
General admission tickets are $15 per day, which includes two tasting tickets and $10 in casino free play. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $1, with discounts for multiples.
V.I.P. admission tickets, which include 25 tasting tickets, access to the V.I.P. Lounge (with premium food and liquor tastings), a commemorative apron and $10 in casino free play, are $50 per day.
Kids 12 and under are admitted free.