Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Get ready to spice things up at the annual Cairo Shriners chili cook-off

Chili chefs will compete for pride and cash, Saturday

Saturday, Feb. 17 at 12 p.m. — RUTLAND — Chili enthusiasts and culinary aficionados are sure to enjoy this highly anticipated chili cook-off, hosted by the Cairo Shriners of Rutland. A flavorful showdown as contestants from across the region compete for chili supremacy and prizes.

The public is invited to indulge in the chili tasting event, happening from 12-2 p.m at Main Street Park, Main St., Rutland. Admission to the chili tasting is free and open to everyone. Upon arrival, each attendee will receive a tasting spoon to sample the array of chili creations on display.

Categories include: 

Professional (chef/restaurant), 

Group/Organization (non-food business, church, club), 

Amateur (individual person – the at-home cook).

Each contestant must bring a minimum of 3 gallons of chili for both the judges and public tasting. All ingredients must be visible at your booth, and contestants should provide a paper listing of the type of chili (beef, chicken, pork, or vegetarian) and its level of spiciness (mild, medium, or hot).

A panel of celebrity judges will award first, second, and third place prizes in each division. The grand prize for first place is $250, followed by $100 for second place and $50 for third place.

Register by contacting Cairo Shriners at or call 802-747-3400. Please provide your name, contact number, and chosen division.

Happy tasting!

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