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Palos Park offers chili cook-off weekend

 

Submitted photo and edited text from Palos Park Recreation Department

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Palos Park will host the 3-I (Illinois, Indiana and Iowa) Regional Chili Competition and Morning After event this Saturday and Sunday, May 31 and June 1.

Among the cooks from three states, 2013 Terlingua International Chili Championship winner Brian Spencer, of Champaign, is expected to compete. In order for cooks to compete in the November championship in Texas, cooks must have qualified and received an invitation. This requires cooks to earn points by placing in CASI-sanctioned chili cook-offs. Many of the cooks on both Saturday and Sunday will be trying to earn their points to qualify for the championship event. More details about competing may be obtained from a CASI director or from any of the Pod Great Peppers.

The village is still recruiting local cooks for the “Morning After” completion on Sunday, June 1. Anyone can enter the competition, and follow the CASI cooking rules which are at www.chili.org. There are prizes for showmanship, People’s choice and first through 10th place. Cooking is from scratch and prepared on site, no extra fillers. All cooks prepare “extra” chili so that the public can “taste” and “sample the may fine chili’s and vote for their favorite.

There will be plenty to do at the village of Palos Park-Village Green Park. Saturday Chili Tasting will start at 1:15 p.m. and tickets can be purchased starting at 1 p.m. To see the cooks in action, arrive at 11:30 a.m. There will be live music from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., featuring “Take Two” playing classic rock. Vendors will be on the Village Green selling candy, Art, Salsa, Chiropractic Care, Scrapbooking and more. The Palos Pedalers will have a Hot Dog stand and all proceeds go to the Palos Pedalers Organization for Biking Education and Advocacy of the Cal-Sag Trail in Palos Park.

Sunday is Family day. There is more Chili tasting starting at 12:15 p.m. Vote for your favorite hometown Chili cook. There will be a “Taste of Country” line dancing demo at 1 p.m. “Touch-A-Truck” on Forest Glen Blvd. with our local Fire District, Police, Public Works Dept. and the Dough Guys Cupcake Truck from 1-3pm and our local food vender- Azteca Catering Company. The Rec. Dept. has organized games and activities for the kids with the Palos Park Library, Soccer Made in America, lawn games and the SWSRA (South West Special Recreation Association) will provide games and education. Proceeds from Sunday’s event will help fund Special Recreation.

For more information, to volunteer, to be a chili judge or enter as a cook, please contact the Palos Park Recreation Department at www.palospark.org and click on Recreation Department or call 671-3760.

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1. Cooking stove and fuel – “Coleman-type” propane or white gas
2. Cooking pot, cooler (for meat and liquid refreshments), paper towels, spoons, can opener, matches, and pot holders.
3. Meat (hand cut or chili-grind), spices, other ingredients for the chi

 

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