2023 Freezefest Chilly Cook-Off
Saturday, January 21st
11 am - 2 pm
The Mill (642 N. Morton St, Bloomington, Indiana)
Think YOU have the best chili in town?
Then prove it! From novice and seasoned home cooks to professional chefs - show us what you've got! Put your favorite recipe to the test and share your chili with the community.
Showcase your skills while competing to make the best chili in town at the Chilly Cook-Off!
Chef space is limited. Registration closes on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 or when all the chef spaces are filled.
All varieties of chili are welcome. A panel of judges will determine best overall, best vegetarian, most creative, and best professional. Attendees will determine the People’s Choice Award.
Registration is free for contestant chefs and is limited to 24 entrants, so register today!
CHEF REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
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!
On Saturday, January 21, as part of the annual Freezefest, United Way is hosting a Chilly Cook-Off featuring delicious chili prepared and served by community members. Share your chili with the community and put your recipe to the test.
Please read the Chilly Cook-Off Guidelines and Food Safety Guidelines (pdf download) below before registering. Chef space is limited. Registration closes on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 or when all the chef spaces are filled.
Awards will be given in the following categories: best overall, best vegetarian, most creative, professional, and People's Choice.
More of a chili lover than a chili cook?
Don't miss the chance to sample the best chili in town and vote for your favorite. Plan to join the festivities on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at The Mill.
Sample the best chili recipes in town and a scooped ice cream dessert generously provided by Chocolate Moose (vegan option available). Tickets are only $12 (free for kids 10 and under) with all proceeds going to United Way.
Up to 24 varieties of chili made by community cooks will be available to sample, including vegetarian options.
Attendees are invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Think you can handle the hottest bowl of chili? You can enter the “Some Like it Hot” Chili Eating Contest at 12:30 p.m. during the Cook-Off.
Thanks to all who supported the inaugural Freezefest 2020 United Way Chilly Cook-Off. A big thank you to all the community chefs and volunteers who helped make the event such a success. Read the 2020 event recap here.
Freezefest is a community winter celebration taking place January 20-21, 2023 featuring world-class ice carvers and a full lineup of winter activities. Visit www.freezefest.com for more information and a full schedule and map of festival activities.
Thanks to our event sponsors:
Some Like It Hot
Ring of Fire
IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
The Grateful Red