Chilly Chili Challenge at the Lakeside Winter Festival

Lakeside Winter Celebration Chilly Chili Challenge 

Chilly Chili Challenge


The annual Lakeside Winter Festival at Ontario Beach Park and the Port of Rochester will feature the Chilly Chili Challenge. Chili makers from all around the region cook up their special chili concoctions to feed to festival goers and vie for the coveted "Best Chili in Rochester" title. The Challenge—now in its 22nd year, attracts contestants from well-known local restaurants, caterers and food service operators as well as amateurs, who cook and serve over 8,000 sample-sized portions of chili during the festival.

Contestants are judged on recipe creativity as well as presentation in the professional, amateur and “people’s choice” categories and awarded cash prizes and trophies. Vegetarian chili is also welcomed and encouraged. Non-profit organizations and individuals are also invited to compete, but must have access to a commercial kitchen and obtain a Temporary Food Service Permit from the Monroe County Health Department.

The cook-off will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., inside the Port of Rochester Terminal.  

To enter the contest:

Download for printing and the instructions/information and entry form and then submit your entry form electronically, or:

Download for printing and the instructions/information and entry form.

Health Department permits must be obtained and entries submitted no later than Friday, February 5, 2016.

If submitting the paper entry form, mail or deliver to:

Pamela Bialaszewski
City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation
400 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613

Or fax to 585-428-6021. 

Questions? Call 585-428-6755.



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