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SAN FELIPE - 8th Annual International Chili Cookoff

8th Annual International Chili Cookoff 
By Joseph Malek

Set to simmer on the afternoon of Saturday, May 1, 2010 is the 8th Annual Club De Pesca International Chili Cookoff.  This gastronomical contest is held on the ramada patio of Club De Pesca R.V. & Trailer Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. that Saturday afternoon. I know that you’ve heard that the Chili Cookoff is a “smokin’ hot time,” and one of the most anticipated events in San Felipe; but did you know that anyone can and should enter their chili team to compete for Judges’ trophies and town-wide bragging rights . . . Come on down and talk to us at Club De Pesca and we’ll make it easy for you to get all signed up. (Many of last year’s teams are coming back to chili-size up the new competitors and defend their own pot of bubbling hot love.)

The public is invited to be our guests and ease on down to the Chili Cookoff to sample every chili teams’ concoction. Last year, 20 teams participated and about 400 guests enjoyed the ambiance and fun. So, come on down to socialize and sample great chili at this year’s event. This year, to sample chili, you will have to purchase a “chili tasting kit” at the administration tent at a cost of $2. Your tasting kit will allow you unlimited sampling of the teams’ chili’s (just hold on to your cup and spoon). Let me turn up the heat and bring this event to a full boil. As always all beef hot dogs, grilled to perfection, will be offered with all the trimmings for only $1.25 (onions, tomatoes, cheddar cheese . . . and chili?).
Local rock-abilly-blues band, Vatos Locos, has been hired to provide sizzle for dancing all afternoon; while the full no-host bar competes to quench your thirst with hand-mixed blended margaritas, ice-cold beer, a neat selection of wine, and most mixed cocktails, effortlessly. No coolers will be allowed. Pancho and Jorge Limon have made this International Chili Cookoff the most looked-forward to event in San Felipe. Buy your “Chili Tasting Kit” for only $2 on Saturday when you arrive and that kit will provide unlimited tasting of all chili samples. Sign up to enter your chili team with Joseph Malek at Club De Pesca . View rules and responsibilities on-line at, click on accommodations, click Club De Pesca R.V. & Trailer Park.

For further information about the Chili Cookoff, call Elayne Caldwell (577-2649) or Joseph Malek (686 233-5206); or email us at



Each entrant must provide team name at the time of registration or let us know within a few of days of registering.

On the day of the Cookoff, the sponsors will provide you with a name sign which you should attach to your cooking station in a prominent place so that the public can identify their choice for the People’s Choice award. At the time of registration, please let us know whether you will need an electric hookup. COOKOFF RULES: On the Day of the Cookoff:
1. Heating of chili entries will be done on site.
2. Preparation may be done in advance.
3. Amount of chili to be served: Minimum of two gallons
4. Check-in at the Administration Tent (under the north tent next to the Ramada of Club De Pesca) for assignment of space.
5. Chefs and their teams should check in by 11:30 a.m. or earlier. Please allow enough time to heat or prepare your chili for judging.
6. Deadline for completion of all chili pots for judging is 1:30 p.m.
7. Entrants MUST provide their own cooking apparatus. This includes tables, utensils, grills, portable stoves, roaster/ovens, hot pots, extension cords, etc.
8. Electrical outlets will be provided.
9. JUDGES WILL BE SERVED FIRST. Out of courtesy to the judges, we ask that no team provide samples for public tasting until an announcement is made that the Cookoff is open for public tasting and voting for the People’s Choice award.
10. Do NOT bring tasting cups or spoons. In order to vote for People’s Choice, tasters must purchase a $2 “chili tasting kit” at the Administration tent. The kit will contain cups, spoons, napkins and one People’s Choice ballot.
11. Chili cookoff team members are not eligible to vote for the People’s Choice award. ALL JUDGES’ DECISION WILL BE FINAL BUENA SUERTE! - GOOD LUCK!

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