Calling all cooks for the East Falls Chili Cook-Off

Do you think you have what it takes to compete in the 10th annual East Falls Chili Cook-Off? If so, it’s time to start perfecting those recipes. This year’s event is only a month away.

The competition, hosted by the East Falls Community Council, will be held on April 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Sherman Hall on Indian Queen Lane. 

Second Vice President Roger Marsh said the cook-off is a neighborhood tradition. This year, there will be no specific theme to the event. Instead, Marsh said the focus is on bringing the community together.

“It really is a way for people to get together and, for the chili makers, it’s an opportunity to show off their chili,” he said. “The big draw is a social event. People see it only once a year.”

Competitors, both amateur and professional, will compete for three categories a piece—best chili con carne, best meatless chili and best side dish.

But the grand prize is People’s Choice, where all attendees will vote on their favorite chili.

Admission is $15 per person, $25 for couples and children are free. Marsh said the money will go toward grants to be given out by the EFCC. 

Cooks must submit applications by March 31.  To request an application, contact Marsh at or visit the East Falls Community Council’s website

Marsh said there is no limit to the amount of chili contestants, however the cook-off usually has between 15 and 20 competitors.

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