38th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival Saturday – June 24th

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Chili Cook-Off Information and Application

It’s getting really close – the 38th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival on Saturday, June 24th.

From OB Mainstreet Association

Chili Cook-Off Information and Application

Thank you for your interest in entering our 38th Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, June 24, 2017! This event is sponsored by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association in partnership with the Ocean Beach Town Council. Proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off go towards OB’s 4th of July fireworks. Please review the following information and submit your application as soon as possible. Deliciousness, glory, and cash prizes await!


Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
General Fair Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Chili Cook-Off Setup: begins at 6:00 a.m.
Mandatory meeting for Chili Cook-Off Participants: 10:00 a.m. at the Judges’ Tent (additional procedures and essential information will be discussed)
Chili Cook-Off Opens: 11:00 a.m. (your chili must be up to the required temperature of 165 degrees F by this time)
Chili Cook-Off Closes: 2:30 p.m.
Awards Presentation: between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the Main Stage; Head Cook or representative from each team must be available to appear on stage during the award ceremony.

The Chili Cook-Off is located in the grassy triangle at the foot of Newport Avenue just north of the festival’s Main Stage.

When you arrive on June 24, you will be assigned your space and given your parking pass for one standard-sized vehicle to park in the lot just north of the Lifeguard Tower. All cars must be parked in the reserved area before 9:00 a.m. because cars will not be allowed inside the fair boundaries after that time.

Application Fees and Requirements

Non-refundable entry fee: $30, payable to Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (cash, check, credit card, or money order)

County Health Forms: Please be sure to read these San Diego County Health Department forms (PDF) and complete the areas highlighted in yellow; return these forms with your entry fee and application form. Online applicants may scan and upload their completely forms below.

Application form: Please fill out and submit the application form below with your entry fee and health forms to apply. The application deadline is Wednesday, June 15, 2017.

Acceptance: You will be notified by OBMA when your application is accepted.

Chili Preparation Information

All chili must be heated on site, be ready to serve by 11:00 a.m., and be at the proper temperature according to Health Department requirements (165 degrees F). Inspectors will check the temperature of your chili.

For contestants who will be preparing and cooking on site: plan to set up immediately upon arrival. It’s much easier to heat your chili in smaller pots to ensure it will be up to temperature.

For contestants who will be preparing in advance off site: You must provide documentation that your chili was prepared in a certified kitchen.

We Will Provide:

  • Tasting Spoons
  • Napkins
  • Tasting cups (2 ounces)
  • One 32-ounce judging cup
  • Ticket box
  • Booth siding (limited siding available for on-site cookers – reserve in advance)
  • Fire extinguisher (we will hold your valid photo ID in exchange for your booth’s fire extinguisher. This is a requirement.)
  • Thermometer
  • Any other items (not listed above) that the County Health Department might require

How the Contest Works

All tickets are sold at the ticket booth. No chili competitor will deal with money. Chili samples will be sold in two ways: 1. as individual tickets ($2 per taste) or 2. People’s Choice Master Ticket ($20), which entitles the ticket holder to tastes of all competitors’ chili entries and the opportunity to vote for their favorite. Master Ticket holders will present their ticket to you and you will mark off your booth number. You will be provided with ticket collection boxes for individual tickets (exchange one ticket per taste). When you run out of chili, notify the Chili Crew Chief.

Chili judging will be based on ICS guidelines for:


  • Taste – like chili
  • Color – looks like chili
  • Smell – good like chili
  • Meat (if used) – tender

Prizes and Awards


Judges’ Awards

  • 1st Place $250
  • 2nd Place $150

People’s Choice

  • 1st Place $300
  • 2nd Place $200
  • 3rd Place $100


Judges’ Awards

  • 1st Place $200
  • 2nd Place $125

People’s Choice

  • 1st Place $250

*SPECIAL AWARDS (Amateurs & Restaurants are eligible)*

  • Hottest Chili $50
  • Best Costumes, Booth, & Decorations $100

For more info and Application, go to OB Mainstreet Association website.

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