Ignite Your Taste Buds at Pinecrest Gardens' 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Published on January 17, 2024

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PINECREST, FL (January 17, 2024) – Pinecrest Gardens is spicing up the first weekend of March with its 9th annual Chili Cook-Off. This exciting event, presented by Ed Morse Automotive Group, will take place on Saturday, March 2, from noon to 5 p.m. This year, the Chili Cook-Off introduces a special twist – the "Home Cook" challenge, inviting amateur chefs to compete with their best homemade chili recipes for a chance to win a cash prize.

“We are thrilled to introduce the ‘Home Cook’ challenge this year, adding a tasty new dimension to our Chili Cook-Off,” said Cristina Blanco, executive director of Pinecrest Gardens. “It's a fantastic opportunity for local cooking enthusiasts to showcase their talents and for everyone to enjoy a delicious American tradition in our beautiful gardens.”


Alongside the new challenge, the Chili Cook-Off will continue to showcase an array of chili flavors from top cooks affiliated with the International Chili Society (ICS). Attendees can expect a delightful array of tastes, aromas, and culinary surprises.


The day is packed with entertainment, including live country music from The 18 Wheelers, line-dancing with Southside Stampede, a mechanical bull, a classic car display, eating contests and various family-friendly activities. As with previous years, the outdoor event promises to be a vibrant celebration of community, flavor, and fun.

For those interested in participating in the Home Cook challenge or just attending to enjoy the day, find all the details and sign up here. For professional chefs, visit here. Don't miss out on the chance to be part of this Pinecrest tradition.

Remember, tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and free for children under 2. Pinecrest Gardens members enjoy a discount. All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Your ticket purchase supports a great cause - the Police Officer Assistance Trust.

So, are you ready to stir things up? Grab your tickets here. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road. The event will take place rain or shine. No dogs allowed. Due to the event's popularity, on-site parking fills up quickly, so consider using off-site parking and the Pinecrest People Mover.


Since 1967, ICS has been bringing people together over America’s greatest culinary creation – CHILI! ICS sanctions nationwide chili cook-offs all year long, which raise money for charities and produce an annual World Champion. In 2020, the World Food Championships officially acquired ICS to further its brand in the Food Sport World. To learn more, visit https://www.chilicookoff.com



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