The Military Affairs Salute Saturday Chili Cook-off and Grilled Cheese Challenge is one of our community’s best-loved traditions! The annual event features both civilian and military teams competing for prizes up to $1,000.
Chili tasting is free for all military ID card holders; $2 for civilians.
All money raised goes to support our military community members!
This year, Military Affairs is partnering with the Hoptown Harvest Festival‘s Bourbon Mashoree to bring you craft distilleries, breweries, and wineries from across the region to compete for bragging rights. Additionally, there will be live music and a large kids zone. The Inaugural Hoptown Half Marathon & 5k is also taking place that day and ends in Founders Square just in time for the Chili Cook-off festivities.
Event Schedule for Saturday September 28th:
7:00 am: Inaugural Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K
11:00 am: Farmers Market and Vintage Craft Fair
Noon-until chili runs out: Public Chili tasting
Noon-7:00 pm: Bourbon Mashoree, Kids Zone and Live Music
*6:00-8:00 am: Chili/Grilled Cheese Teams arrive for setup
*8:00 am: Chili cooking begins
*10:00 am: Grilled cheese turned into judges
*Noon: Chili turned into judges and public tasting begins
Approx. 2:00 pm: Winners announced
Presenting Sponsor for the Chili Cook-off is Rogers Group Inc.
Gold Sponsor for the Grilled Cheese Challenge is Fortera Credit Union