Palm Beach Chili Cook Off: A Father's Day Weekend Activity Centered on Food

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Treat dad to a day of sampling chili. 
If dad's the sort who loves competition and imbibing obscene amounts of food, check out the first-ever Palm Beach Chili Cook Off this Saturday at Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach. A.J. Sosa, director of operations for Off the Hookah and one of the event's organizers, said the event will have two primary chili cook-off events: the "homestyle" contest and the people's choice award.

Sosa said "weekend warriors" and a few local restaurants will compete for bragging rights in the people's choice competition. Some of the local establishments expected to participate include Roxy's, Gratify American Gastropub, and Off the Hookah, among others. The homestyle competition will include batches of chili made on-premises the day of the event with participants gunning for a $1,000 prize. 

The event -- which includes live music and other entertainment -- is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the competitive element is noon to 3 p.m. with chili samples available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Because this is a first-time event, Sosa said organizers have given away roughly 5,000 tickets to promote the cook-off and they expect an attendance of about 7,500 people. The event is rain or shine and other food vendors from area restaurants (plus a few food trucks) will be on premises. Tickets are $10 to $15, or free for children four years and younger. 
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The Meyer Amphitheater

201 Evernia St., West Palm Beach, FL

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Joe P.
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Wow, completely lame event. For something touted as a countywide chili cookoff, you would assume there would actually be chili around. My wife and I show up at around 3:30 and the place is basically dead; one BBQ vendor, a few empty tents and a bar. There were also a bounce house for kiddies, a few vendors hocking oddball stuff, and a county band playing some achy breaky heart type stuff. The event runs until 9pm. I'm not sure what else one would do there except get drunk. But you would be better off just going across the street to Bradley's and tipping the bar tender $15 instead -- at least you'd probably get laid by the end of the night going there. Thankfully my tickets were complimentary as I live in a nearby condo. Something tells me there wont be a 2nd annual cookoff...


We also spent 15.00 each to get in and we were so diappointed! I thought This was supposedcto be a Chili Cook off! We got there at 2 pm and the first four tents were still cooking chili in a crock pot!?! You want to give crowds (the intent was several thousand) samples from normal household family size appliances? What about commercial industrial size pots to cook chili to offer to thousands of people. What a concept. No place to sit, sour tea, weak lemonade, no chili. All the people were nice as well as the weather. After a few hours with nothing happening we left.


just got back from the west palm beach chili cookoff,   spent 15 dollars to get in, we were not allowed to bring in our plastic water bottles, got inside and there was no one selling water.  only beer (6 dollars) and liquor and lemonade.  you'd think with  all that chili they would have water available. not much to do there for adults,  the  journey tribute band was great though.   next year    a shade tent with chairs and tables  would be great since   there was no place to sit and eat., also , more carnival games would be  great since there were none (. only bounce houses for kids were  set up).

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Can't wait for this event such a great way to spend a day with my family!

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