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Chili Cook-Off Information and Application

42nd Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Sampling chili entries at the OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-off

Chili Cook-Off Information and Application

Thank you for your interest in entering our 42nd Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, June 25, 2022! 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 Clean and Safe Program. Please review the following information and submit your application as soon as possible. Deliciousness, glory, and cash prizes await! 


Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022
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 25, 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: $35, 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 completed 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, 2022.
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:

  • Consistency
  • 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

Hottest Chili 
Best Costumes, Booth, & Decorations

Judges’ Awards
1st Place Plaque + bragging rights
2nd Place Plaque + bragging rights

People’s Choice Restaurant Division
1st Place Award Plaque + bragging rights


Chili Cook-Off Application

Applicant: Your application will be considered ONLY after you have completed the below and provided your electronic signature. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Once a contestant has been accepted, there will be absolutely NO REFUNDS of fees. The No Refund Policy includes situations in which the event is canceled as a result of factors beyond the control of the event organizers, including but not limited to war, terrorist act, natural disaster, or order of any Civil or Military Authority. Such situations are beyond the control of the Event organizers, and Vendors accept the risk of loss in such a situation.

The applicant agrees that the OBMA/Street Fair Committee will not be held liable for legal damages. The OBMA/Street Fair Committee, a nonprofit corporation, assumes no responsibility for any loss, damage, injury, or claim arising out of the participant’s acts or omissions in the Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off. The applicant hereby agrees to hold the Association/Committee, the Directors, and Members harmless from any claim arising out of the applicant’s entry, acts, or omissions in said Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival or any accident, injury, or damage involved therein, including but not limited to attorney fees and court costs.

Please provide your electronic signature (this signifies that you have read and agree to abide by the terms and conditions in the 2022 Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Chili Cook-Off Information and Application) and the additional information below.

Please note: You must also include your completed County Health Department forms (download these as a PDF). Attach your completed forms below, email to [email protected], or fax to (619) 224-4976.

Prefer a printable form? Download it here, print it out, and return it to OBMA, 1868 Bacon St; fax to (619) 224-4976; or mail to OBMA, Attn. Chili Cook-Off, PO Box 7990, San Diego, CA 92107.


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