16th Annual Festival at Mt Si What's Cookin' Chili Cook-off

  • 8:30am-2:15pm
  • $35 Registration fee.
  • Registration reserves your space and will be refunded following the Chili Cook Off if contestant participates in the event.
  • Must Register by July 31st

Read the Chili Cook-off Info Form - pdf.
Fill out the Chili Cook-off Registration Form - pdf.

ON-SITE CHILI COOK-OFF (WOW! Be an Iron Chef for the Day!)

Festival at Mt Si Chili Cook-off
  • Individual contestants or teams are welcome to participate.
  • On-site contest: All contestants must cook everything on-site.
  • Two contests: Judge's Choice and People's Choice
  • Judges are from the local Restaurants, Politicians etc.
  • People's Choice award: Festivalgoers can purchase a chili sampler and ballot for $5. (All monies collected from chili sampler will be donated to the Festival at Mt. Si).
  • At approx. 1:00pm paying Festival goers will receive 2 oz of chili from each contestant booth/table.
  • 2:30pm Awards
  • Restaurants or professional kitchen teams not allowed.


  • Judge's Choice Awards - First Prize - Trophy & $300 Cash Prize, Second Prize - Trophy & $100 Cash Prize, Third Place - Trophy & $50 Prize
  • People's Choice Awards - First Prize - $75 & Trophy, 2nd and 3rd prize trophy
  • And bragging rights!

THE 411!

Festival at Mt. Si Chili Cook-off
  • All preparation of ingredients and cooking is on site only (NOTHING can be pre-prepped or preportioned i.e. chopped onions, meat cutting, spices, special sauce unless commercially canned or bottled i.e. catsup, tomato sauce -- think Heinz).
  • Pre soaking beans must be done on site or canned beans can be used.
  • No electrical outlets will be available!
  • Meet at Chili Cook-Off tent on Sunday from 8:30am but no later than 10:00am for set-up.

YOU BRING (Contestants)
  • A great sense of humor and the willingness to have a terrific time
  • All chili ingredients specific to your recipe including spices, meat, beans, onion etc.
  • Contestants must provide cooking and storage equipment including cooler(s) w/ice, stoves, propane burners, cooking thermometer, pots, towels, cooking utensils; spoons, knives cutting boards etc.
  • Prepare 2 gallons/32 cups (256 oz) of chili for the people's choice award. (The amount is critical)
  • No food handler permits required by contestants.

WE BRING (Festival at Mt. Si)
  • A great "sense" of organization.... and humor and The PRIZE MONEY!
  • Event set-up and management including tables, tenting, signage, hand washing area, ballots, etc.
  • Paper and plastic products for distributing to the Judges and Public.
  • Food handlers permit.

  • Special parking permits will be provided for all contestants-contact Jill Massengill
  • Volunteers will be available with carts to assist with your set-up

Latest News

The Chili Cookoff is coming! Visit the Chili Cookoff page to register! Chili Cookoff Info & Registration

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The Festival at Mount Si is looking for volunteers! Please see our volunteer page for more information.