Wrightwood Chili Cook-off happening tomorrow

The Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Chili Cook-off and Salsa Competition will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow (October 6) at the Wrightwood Community Center and Park, 1275 State Route 2.

This year, organizers are hosting a jalapeo eating contest and a town scavenger hunt in addition to the traditional chili and salsa contests.

Salsa tasting is $3 per person and begins at 11 a.m. Salsa is judged in four categories: Hot, mild, pico de gallo and fruit.

Chili tasting is $5 per person and begins at noon. Chili categories are: Red, green and anything goes.

Awards will be presented at 3 p.m.

The event will also feature vendor booths, a beer garden, a 50/50 cash drawing, face painting and music by DJ Kev Dog.

The cook-off is held in conjunction with West Coast Willys’ ninth annual Wrightwood Willys and Jeep Day that features close to 100 original and restored vehicles from as early as 1936.

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Wrightwood Chili Fest is this Saturday

The annual Wrightwood Chili Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (October 9) at the Wrightwood Community Center, 1275 State Route 2.

The event includes chili, cornbread and salsa competitions for trophies and cash prizes. Chili entries are made from scratch and prepared on site. The chili competition will take place in the center’s parking lot, between Park Drive and Pine Street.

Categories include: Best Beanless, Anything Goes, Best Vegetarian, People’s Choice and Best Corn Bread Accompaniment. Submissions will be judged on flavor, consistency, heat and appearance.

Salsa entries are made off-site and brought in on event day.

Public tasting of salsa entries will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tasting tickets are $2. Judging for the salsa contest begins at noon.

Tasting for the chili entries begins at 2 p.m. Tasting tickets are $3. Judging for the chili and cornbread contests begins at 3 p.m.

Results for all contests will be announced at 4 p.m. Prizes for will be awarded to the winner of each category including People’s Choice.

The Chili Fest is open to all competitors. There’s no entry deadline, but on the day of the event, the entry fee goes from $10 to $15 for the chili competition and from $5 to $10 for the salsa competition.

Proceeds go to the Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce.

Also that day will be the Eighth Annual Willys and Jeep event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Park Street.

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