Freezefest Chilly Cook-Off

United Way 2022 Chilly Cook-Off Cancelled

January 5, 2022 - After careful consideration and consultation with partners and sponsors, United Way of Monroe County regrets to share that the 2022 Chilly Cook-Off will not take place as initially planned. The United Way team looks forward to hosting the event in 2023 when we can all hopefully resume large in-person events safely.

The Chilly Cook-Off is intended to support United Way’s work in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties, and donations in lieu of attendance may be made at

United Way recognizes these outstanding partners for their support of the 2022 Cook-Off: Activity Sponsors, Old National Bank and Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington; Partnership Sponsor, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs Indiana University Bloomington; and In-Kind Sponsor, Chocolate Moose.

The Chilly Cook-Off was slated to be a part of the second annual Freezefest, a community winter celebration. Freezefest will take place January 20-22, 2022 featuring world-class ice carvers and a full lineup of winter activities. Visit for more information and a full schedule and map of festival activities.

“United Way deeply appreciates all of the partners, volunteers, sponsors, and chefs, and the work that has been done toward this event,” shared United Way Executive Director Efrat Feferman. “We look forward to enjoying the various outdoors Freezefest activities this year and hope the community takes advantage of the unique festival’s offering. We also look forward to returning to the Chilly Cook-Off next year and building upon it in years to come.”

Thank you to all who supported the inaugural Freezefest 2020 United Way Chilly Cook-Off. A big thank you to all community chefs and volunteers who helped make the event such a success. Read the 2020 event recap here.


Chilly Supporters Thanks
Thanks to Chilly Cook-Off Supporters!
We appreciate Old National Bank and Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington for choosing to contribute their 2022 Chilly Cook-Off sponsorship funds to our impact and outreach work even though the event was canceled. Thanks also to Bill C. Brown Associates for their support.


Freezefest is a community winter celebration featuring world-class ice carvers and a full lineup of winter activities. Stay updated on information for the festival here.


Are you interested in dazzling the community with your delicious chili? From novice and seasoned home cooks to professional chefs - show us what you've got at the United Way Chilly Cook-Off!

Please read the Chilly Cook-Off Guidelines and Food Safety Guidelines below before registering.

Awards will be given in the following categories: best overall, best vegetarian, most creative, professional, and People's Choice.

All cooks and assistant servers are required to wear face masks at all times over the nose and mouth.

Contact sherrie (at) with any questions.

The Chilly Cook-Off is a Freezefest event benefiting United Way.