Calling All Chefs for Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off

Registration Open

SANTA CRUZ, CA (August 21, 2017) – Registration is now open for the eighth annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off. The Boardwalk’s Cook-Off takes place along the Boardwalk on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Entertaining costumes and booth décor are encouraged. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best Chili, People’s Choice, Most Tasted, and Most Original teams. Two types of chili are eligible, Red (con carne) and Vegetarian.

The entry fee for amateur cooking teams is $50, and $75 for professionals. Each team receives two Boardwalk All-Day Rides Wristbands, two 2017 Chili Cook-Off T-shirts, and a complimentary parking pass.  A portion all proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Leo’s Haven, an inclusive wheelchair-accessible playground being planned for Chanticleer Park in Santa Cruz.  

Admission to the Chili Cook-Off is free. Visitors can watch chefs prepare their chili, and for $10.00 taste up to six different samples as well as vote for the People’s Choice winner. Cooking begins at 10:00 a.m., tasting starts at 1:00 p.m., and winners will be announced at 4:00 p.m. 

Boardwalk rides will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day of the event. The Casino Arcade and Neptune’s Kingdom will also be open.
For more information including the official entry form, and Cook-Off rules please visit

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