Sixth-annual Eagle-Vail Chili Cook Off is Oct. 23; registration due Oct. 22 | VailDaily.com

Sixth-annual Eagle-Vail Chili Cook Off is Oct. 23; registration due Oct. 22

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

Last year's event drew record crowds sampling a wide variety of chili. 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. Anna and Scott Robinson won last year's amateur grand prize — an Eagle-Vail family pool pass. Blue Plate's Elli and Adam Roustom won the professional category with their Belly Belly Good Chili.

The prizes

This year, a 2017 Eagle-Vail family pool pass will be awarded to the winners in both the amateur and professional categories. All participating amateur cooks will be entered into a drawing to win an individual garden plot (not a corporate plot) for summer 2017.

Cooks are asked to prepare two large crockpots of chili and arrive with extension cords to be sure to keep the chili hot.

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Cooks are asked to prepare two large crock pots of chili and arrive with extension cords to be sure to keep the chili hot. Attendees will taste test all of the different concoctions and then vote for their favorite amateur chili, as well as their favorite restaurant chili. This year, a panel of food-industry professionals, as well as the general public, will judge the professional entries. While deciding on their favorite chili, attendees can sip libations from the cash bar.

One hundred percent of the proceeds of the Eagle-Vail Chili Cook-Off go to 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.

For more information, visit http://www.eaglevailgarden.com.

If you go …

What: Sixth-annual Eagle-Vail Community Garden Chili Cook Off.

When: Event is 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23; registration forms are due by noon Saturday, Oct. 24.

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 200 guests will receive a limited-edition mug.

More information: Registration forms and additional guidelines are available online at http://www.eaglevailgarden.com; there’s no fee for entry.