Eagle-Vail Chili Cook Off will take place Sunday, Oct. 18, at Eagle-Vail Pavilion | VailDaily.com

Eagle-Vail Chili Cook Off will take place Sunday, Oct. 18, at Eagle-Vail Pavilion

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What: Eagle-Vail Community Garden Chili Cook Off.

When: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.

Where: Eagle-Vail Pavilion, 538 Eagle Drive, Avon.

Cost: Tasting tickets are $15 for adults, which includes one drink ticket, and $10 for children ages 5 to 15; a cash beer and wine bar will also be available. The first 150 guests will receive a limited-edition mug.

More information: Registration forms and additional guidelines are available online at http://www.eaglevailgarden.com on the “Garden Events” page. Competitors are asked to submit forms by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, and there is no fee to enter.

EAGLE-VAIL — The Eagle-Vail Community Garden is currently recruiting cooks, both professional and amateur, for its annual Chili Cook-Off, to be held Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion from 5 to 7 p.m.

Past Favorites

Green chilies were the favorites in last year’s event. Some cooks used locally hunted venison and elk to create a true Eagle County chili; others brought oyster crackers, shredded pepper jack or jalapenos as toppings. Gil and Cory Fancher won last year’s grand prize — an Eagle-Vail family pool pass — with their Fancher’s Fantabulous Green Chili. Mountain Flour’s Shawn Smith won the professional category with his Smoked Turkey Hatched Green Chili.

Garden Plot and Pool Pass

This year, a 2016 Eagle-Vail family pool pass will be awarded to the winners in both the amateur and professional categories. All participating cooks will be entered into a drawing to win an individual garden plot (not a corporate plot) for summer 2016.

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Two Crockpots Full

Cooks are asked to prepare two large crockpots of chili and arrive with extension cords to be sure to keep the chili hot. Attendees will taste test all the different concoctions and then vote for their favorite amateur chili, as well as their favorite restaurant chili. While deciding on their favorite chili, guests can sip libations from the cash bar.

Promoting Sustainability

One hundred percent of the proceeds go the Eagle-Vail Community Garden, founded in 2011 with a mission to provide Eagle-Vail residents the opportunity to grow organic food, create beauty, nurture relationships and connect to the environment and our food source, all while fostering a more sustainable community for everyone.

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