What does it take to be a Chili or Wing Cook?

  

The Chicken Wing competition will be on Friday night and the Red Chili, Chili Verde competitions on Saturday. All Chili cooks are required to be current International Chili Society (ICS) members. All cooks are required to be active members of the International Chili Society, membership is as little as $10 and you may submit your application at www.chilicookoff.com prior to submitting your applciation to cook in the festival. 

All awards will be presented on Saturday at 4:30 pm

Competitions Available:

Chicken Wing Friday Night 

$50 entry fee.  Competitors are provided with chicken wings.  . You are to supply any seasonings, sauces and YOUR COOKING METHOD SUPPLIES.    Judges Choice wings will be determined by a judging panel.   Further instructions will be forthcoming at the cooks meeting.   The winner of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be determined by sales of wings to the public between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm Paper products will be provided to the competitor. Your initial stock of wings and paper products will be passed out at the mandatory cooks meeting and festival volunteers will deliver a continuous supply to your site. Condiments are at the competitor's choice, it is optional.

Red Chili   Saturday

Entry is $45 and (2) gallon People’s Choice Chili or no fee and (4) or more gallons of People’s Choice. Must be a current ICS member and adhere to ICS rules and regulations. The winner of People’s Choice award will be decided by the total income generated from each competitor from the sale of chili between the hours of 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Bowls, spoons, and napkins will be provided.  Condiments are at the competitor's choice, they are optional. Reminder, in accordance with ICS rules, all chili served to the public must include beans. All competitors will participate in People’s Choice (PC) competition.

Chili Verde (Green Chili) Saturday   

Entry is $45 and (2) gallon of People's Choice Chili or no fee with (4) or more gallons of People's Choice. Must be a current ICS member and adhere to ICS rules and regulations. The winner of People’s Choice award will be decided by the total income generated from each competitor from the sale of chili between the hours of 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Bowls, spoons, and napkins will be provided.  Condiments are at the competitor's choice, they are optional. All competitors will participate in People’s Choice (PC) competition.

Red Chili Booth Appearance, Showmanship and Marketing Competition 

 Saturday 

Must be a Red Chili Competitor.  Tent space is 10’x20.’  Decorations cannot exceed 5' in front of designated space and must be constrained within the 10’ width. There is no limitation in height. No pyrotechnics allowed. Costumes, music and signs are encouraged. Handouts can be given from your booth. Please assist in our efforts to control litter. No live animals other than service animals are allowed. Competitors are only eligible to win in one category. A non-partisan committee who are NOT members of the Havelock Chili Festival or a participant will do judging. 

Cooks Timeline

Friday, October 19  8:00 AM   Booth set up begins

3:00 PM    Chicken Wings Mandatory cooks meeting at the supply trailer

5:00 PM Turn in Wings for Judging

  5:00 PM    Festival begins. Start serving Wings

9:00 PM      Festival ends for Friday

Saturday, October 20      8:00 AM    MANDATORY: 

 All Chili (Red & Chili Verde) Head Cooks at Supply Trailer

9:00 AM    Start fires for Red Chili, 

10:00 AM  Start selling People’s Choice Red Chili

NOON Turn in Red Chili for judging

NOON  Start serving People’s Choice Chili Verde

12:30 PM      Start fires for Chili Verde  

3:30 PM    Turn in Chili Verde for Judging

4:30 PM    Awards Presentation

5:00 PM     Festival Ends