For folks who love cooking and/or eating chili, Feb. 6 will be a good day for taste buds.
Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension will hold its Eighth Annual ChiliFest, which is both a contest and a tasting opportunity, from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Stovall Family Life Center beside First Church of the Nazarene, 1608 E. Broadway, Maryville.
The event begins at 4 p.m., with tasting and judging continuing until the winners are announced at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the different chilis and a variety of beverages, tortillas and quesadillas will be available along with a bake sale of home-made treats. Everyone will be eligible to win door prizes.
Several contestants from area businesses will challenge previous winners who are defending their titles. Judges will select the winning chefs in three categories: beef, other meats and vegetarian chili. The general public will vote for the People’s Choice winner. Four $50 prizes will be awarded.
To enter the contest, submit an entry form and the $20 entry fee by Feb. 2. Each contestant is asked to bring a minimum of four quarts of warm prepared chili in a crockpot, and to provide a ladle and someone to serve.
Entry forms and advance tickets are available at Southland Books , 601 East Broadway, and Waste Not, Want Not, 1505 East Broadway.
Suggested donation for admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the door, children under 10 admitted free. Admission includes tastes of entries and one bowl of chili and one vote for the People’s Choice winner.
For more information, call Mike Cook, CAPPE president, at 865- 984 9003 or Susan Keller at 865-982 4267.