Chili Cook-Off slated for Feb. 3

Staff Report

NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry’s fifth annual Healthy Chili Cook-Off will be held February 3 in Memorial Park of Downtown Newberry starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m.

The Healthy Chili Cook-Off is free to enter and open to all. Restaurants, individuals, teams, non-profits, businesses, civic organizations; those with a great chili recipe are welcome to compete.

Teams are invited to name their chili team and just have fun with it. Winners will be chosen by People’s Choice. A People’s Choice Voting Bucket will be created for each team. For a small donation to the Souper Bowl of Caring, the tasting public will receive two oz. tasting cups for samples from each team and three different tickets, significant to the three judging categories. Tasters can purchase more cups for more samples, but will only receive the voting tickets once. Bowls for chili will also be for sale at the ticket booth. At the end of the cook-off, First, Second and Third place Overall will be announced. In addition, one cook will take the title of Most Original and one will take the title of best Booth Decoration. Awards include a trophy and monetary prize for each category.

As this event promotes healthy eating, living, and giving there will be several local health organizations present. Aerobics will also be featured at the event, as well as a blood drive with The Blood Connection (blood drive lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Those participating in the blood drive will receive a gift and a coupon to cover the cost of your initial purchase of tasting cups and tickets from the Healthy Chili Cook-Off (while supplies last). Funds raised during the event will go to a local food bank via the Souper Bowl of Caring.

This event can be found online at

For more information contact Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism at (803) 321-1015 or visit Follow the City of Newberry on Facebook, and on Twitter @CityofNewberry.

Staff Report