A popular fall event is back in Five Points this weekend.
The 29th annual Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, Nov. 11. Devastating floods in October 2015 caused major destruction in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, a center for the activities, and prompted the festival’s cancellation. But this year, the event has been reconfigured to fit on the streets around the park, near Harden and Greene streets, said Amy Beth Franks, executive director of the Five Points Association.
Cooking teams will be competing in the following categories: Best Overall Chili, Best Vegetarian, Best Bar/Restaurant, Best Texas Style, Best Non-Traditional, and Overall Best Set-Up. Some teams will have more than one type of chili available and Franks said it’s not too late for teams to register in the competition – entries will be taken through the end of business Thursday.
Admission to the cook-off is free but bring a lot of dollar bills – teams will request $1 per chili sample. The team receiving the most money will be awarded the Silver Spoon Award (formerly known as the People’s Choice).
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Don’t like chili? Don’t despair. There will be food trucks on site, among them City Limits BBQ, Pawleys Front Porch Food Truck, Real Mexico and Scott Benny’s. For dessert – or if you need to cool down after tasting a fiery hot chili – Coldstone Creamery will be on hand and Brain Freeze Italian Ice will be in the Little Pepper’s Place children’s area.
The kiddies also can enjoy face painting, a bouncy house, blow-up slide and more. The more adult kiddies can get in on the fun with free cornhole games, sponsored by Columbia Opportunity Resource, and bocce games.
This year, proceeds from the cook-off will support Happy Wheels Inc. charity, which provides new toys and books to inpatient children at local hospitals; Special Olympics South Carolina; Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR), connecting local young professionals with diverse networks for leadership, service and fun; Venture Crew, a co-ed branch of Boy Scouts of America for young adult boys and girls (eighth grade to age 20); and Columbia Bombshells Women’s Rugby.
If you go
Five Points Chili Cook-Off
WHEN: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov, 12
WHERE: Greene Street and Pavilion Avenue
COST: Free admission but chili is $1 per sample; beer and other food and beverages are extra.
Live music lineup
11-11:40 a.m.: Cletus Baltimore. This trio’s musical style ranges from folk-rock to jazzy/psychedelic jam grooves.
12:05-12:45 p.m.: Kelly Cheats. This quintet plays bluesy rock, reminiscent of the Allman Brothers.
1:15-1:55 p.m.: Nick Clyburn Band. Modern country music influenced by Steve Earle and Merle Haggard.
2:25-3:05 p.m.: Ashes of Old Ways. Americana rock; self-titled CD released in July.
3:35-4:30 p.m.: Dangermuffin. According to the band’s Facebook page, “Organic, sand-blasted roots rock, with a sweet jam spread from Folly Beach.”
5-6:30 p.m.: Drivin N Cryin. Southern rock ‘n’ roll. “Fly Me Courageous” in 1991 was Drivin N Cryin’s most commercially successful album. DNC Archives Vol. 1 was released June 2014.