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Does Your Chili Have What It Takes?

Aug 05, 2011 12:50PM ● By Anonymous
While I'm tempted to enter my pumpkin and turkey chili -- it's delish, guys -- I actually was a judge at this contest last year, and I know the competition is fierce. However, if you're more confident than I am, here are the details:
  • Meat is optional, beans are optional, but chili is defined as any kind of spicy, stew-like dish cooked with tomatoes and chili peppers. Other spices and ingredients can be added except for rice and pasta.
  • The chili must be cooked before arriving at the event. Judging begins at noon.
  • You must keep the chili hot according to the regulations of the Anne Arundel Department of Health.
  • You must prepare at least five gallons of chili for judging and sampling.
  • The entry deadline is August 22nd.
  • There is a $25 registration fee.

If salsa is more your thing, there's a competition for that, too. Here's the scoop:

  • There is a $10 registration fee.
  • The salsa must be prepared in advance. Judging begins at 1:30 p.m.
  • You must prepare at least 1 gallon of salsa.
  • Chips will be supplied, but you can bring your own, if desired.
  • Judging is based on six factors: Balance of flavors, integration of background flavors, freshness of ingredients, element of heat, originality of recipe, and showcase of the tomato.
  • The salsa champ will take home $500 in cash.

    For more information on either competition or the tomato festival in general, visit Homestead Gardens' website.