Come to compete or come to eat! The Annual Chili Cook-Off is family-friendly and is the culminating event for the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market on its final day of the season – Saturday, Oct. 26! It is a fun and delicious fundraiser for the Market Foundation, when up to 20 teams fix up their best chili and anyone can try them. Contestants and tasters come from all around the South Sound to enjoy this great event. Chili is served on a “first come basis”, starting at 11 a.m., and is served until 1 p.m. or until it runs out. Prizes are awarded for the top three finishers, voted by the tasters. A prize will also be awarded to the Best Team Theme. A $5 taster fee gets you samples of several different kinds of chili, sample bowl, spoon, wet nap and the chance to vote for your favorite. The market will also be collecting donations for the Des Moines Area Food Bank and the Food Bank Backpack Program, so if you are able, please bring a donation. Part of the net proceeds will benefit the Des Moines Dollars for Scholars and Southwest Seattle Business & Professional Women’s Foundation.

Bring on your recipe or your bib, you will have a good time and help these Des Moines institutions remain strong. Complete team line-ups will be posted when the deadline for sign-up of October 15th passes.

Click here for your cook-off team application.

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