TURN UP THE HEAT - Chili cook-offs in ILLINOISouth

Posted on 09/30/2014 by TheTourismBureau

Communities all over ILLINOISouth come together this time of year to celebrate the best part of Fall...STEAMING POTS OF CHILI!!!

Individuals, businesses and community groups bring their A-games to festive events every year, with one goal - to make the best chili in town. Searching far and wide, they find the best meats, the hottest peppers, the right blend of beans, and secret ingredients that they simmer to perfection. While you're chowing down on chili peruse a variety of vendors, entertainment, art exhibits, children's crafts and more - you can even carve a pumpkin in some cases. Not a chili fan? Most events offer several great food and beverage options making for a well-rounded menu. -- October 3 - 4 Chili Cook-Off Downtown Belleville Belleville's Chili Cook-off features the culinary creations of individuals, local organizations & area businesses, as well as children’s area and entertainment throughout the weekend! 618-233-2015 October 4 Du Quoin Fall Festival Keyes Park, Du Quoin There will be craft vendors, chili cook-off, live D.J. and open mic, Elvis impersonator and whistle pigs. 618-318-0434 October 11 Chili Cookoff Freeburg Make a day of it at the chili and salsa contests, washer tournament, bike show, white lightening run, music, truck pulls, children's activities, craft show and fireworks. 618-977-9378 October 11 Chili Cook-Off Okawville It's chili tasting for all, and prizes for the best chili, people's choice and best decorated booth. Kids activities, wine tasting, additional food items, beer, soda and other beverages are also available. 618-243-5694 October 18 Fall Festival, Chili Cook-Off, Craft Fair Dupo Community Park, Dupo The whole family will have fun tasting the chili, browsing the arts & craft and food vendors and enjoying live music and games. 618-286-3280 October 18 Fall Fest & Chili Cook-Off Mascoutah This annual event has something for the entire family. There's a Chili Cook-off, Car Show, craft & product vendors, children's area, food and entertainment. In the Chili Cook-off you can sample over 20 kinds of chili. The Car Show offers a variety of makes and models. The wide variety of Craft and product vendors that line Main Street is just the place to start your Christmas shopping. The free children's activity area has crafts, bounce houses and the highlight is the story time featuring the Mascoutah Library Players, who bring a season story to life. From 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 618-566-2244 October 25 Chili & Soup Cookoff New Baden Village Park, New Baden There's a Tasters' Choice competition for both chili and soup with prizes awarded in both categories. Families will find a craft fair, touch-a-truck equipment display, bounce houses and more. 618-588-3813 October 25 88th Annual Halloween Parade & Fall Festival & Craft Fair Centralia Recreation Complex & Downtown, Centralia This parade is older than the Macy's parade and features floats, marching unites, horses, old fire trucks, costumed characters, school bands and more. The Fall Festival is held during the day with a children’s parade, chili cook-off, mini train rides, haunted house, craft fair, games for the kids, food and car show. 618-532-6789 October 25 Fall Festival Downtown Collinsville The day is packed with fun family festivities that include Trick or Treating, a Chili Cook-Off from 10am to 3pm, a Children’s Costume Contest at noon, and a Pet Parade that steps off from the Dog Park at 2pm. 618-558-1372 November 22 Santa's Holiday Avenue Parade & Chili Cook-Off 2000 Edison Ave., Granite City Large holiday parade with over 100 entries followed by Chili Cook-Off and vendor festival. There will be St. Louis food trucks and local vendors as well as arts, crafts, jewelry and much more. Free stuff for the kids, face painting, pony rides, giant blow-up slide, bouncy house and train rides.  618-876-1076 November 22 Holiday Happenings Red Bud A full day of fun is on the menu with a chili cook-off and deer sausage competition, trolley rides, home tour and taste of Red Bud and make sure you don't miss Santa's arrival to town at noon! 618-282-3505 --

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