Five Points Association Presents the 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points

  September 6, 2017

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Five Points Association will be hosting the 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points. Patrons will have the chance to watch teams battle it out to see who has the best chili in Columbia. The Chili Cook-Off will be from noon to 6pm at the intersection of Greene Street and Pavilion Avenue and is free to the public. Starting at noon, patrons can taste and enjoy over 30 unique chili varieties with lots of fixings for a donation and experience live entertainment for the entire family.

Anyone can sign up to compete in the Chili Cook-Off on the Five Points website, Chilis will be tried by a panel of 10 judges and will be categorized by: Overall Best Chili, Best Vegetarian, Best Texas Chili, Best Non-Traditional, Best Bar/Restaurant. Additional categories that chef teams may compete for are Best Set-Up and the Silver Spoon Award for most monies raised.

The Cook-Off has more to offer than chili, so patrons are encouraged to bring a real appetite for food and fun. Back for the second year, a food truck rodeo will be on site for the non-chili lovers. Live music will be played from noon to 6pm and children are welcome all day long in the Little Peppers’ Place for a day of family fun.


• Food Truck Rodeo
For all the non-chili eating patrons, the festival will have regional food trucks on site with varying options. Participating food trucks will be announced in the coming weeks.
• Live Music
Live music from local and regional bands will play from 11am to 6pm. The event stage will be located on Greene Street at the corner of Harden Street.
• Change Stations
Patrons are strongly encouraged to come with a handful of ones, but in case they forget we have them covered. We will have two change stations and ATMS stretching through the cook-off, dispensing $5 bills only.
• Little Peppers’ Place
Open to all ages and located off Pavilion Street in the former Rite Aid parking lot. Patrons are encouraged to bring the whole family out to enjoy a mega slide, bounce house, face painting, balloon twisting, bubbles, plus sweet treats from Brain Freeze Italian Ice.
• Enhanced Chef Experience
Making it easier and even more enjoyable, chef teams now have increased offerings, including: a Chef Headquarters, Lazy Chef set-up packages, discounts at local grocers, and an unlimited supply of complimentary bowls, napkins and spoons for samples.
• Official Chili Cook-Off Merchandise
Look for the “Merch” tent for this year’s long sleeve shirts and koozies, along with merchandise from previous Chili Cook-Off years.

The 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points would not be possible without the support from these Midlands' businesses: KW Beverage, Shock Top, Bottles Beverage Superstore, Academy Sports, Wolfe & Taylor Realtors, The Station at Five Points, Checker Yellow, Jake’s on Devine, Experience Columbia SC and the City of Columbia.

About the Five Points Association:
The Five Points Association is a non-profit organization whose principle task is ensuring that Five Points stays an integral and important part of the city of Columbia. The association has accomplished and endured many major infrastructure, development and beautification projects over the years. The association hosts annual events that continue to grow with each year and entertain thousands of people within the city of Columbia, as well as the state of South Carolina.

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