Amateur iron-kettle chefs in the San Lorenzo Valley will be bringing pots of their specialty chili recipes to Ben Lomond on Sunday, Sept. 19 for the annual St. Andrew's Chili Cook Off.
The lines begin forming for the taste fest beginning at noon following Sunday services at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, at Riverside Avenue and Glen Arbor Road in Ben Lomond, one block off Highway 9.
In addition to the trophy for the best chili, all attendees will be voting for prize certificates in several other categories, including Best Vegetarian, Hottest Chili, Kids' Favorite Chili and others.
Tickets for the Chili Cook Off are $10. and each ticket includes salad, beverage, a chance to get a taste portion of every single chili entry, plus a contest ballot. Based on past years' entries, there should be a chili to match every taste.
The cook off promises to be “hotly” contested, with all ballots to be counted and winning chilies announced shortly before 3 pm., or when the chili runs out.
To taste samples of the best, most original chili recipes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, head to Ben Lomond, noon to 3 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 19, for the annual St. Andrew's Chili Cook Off.
For information about competing in the St. Andrew's Chili Cook Off, call 831-336-5157.