39th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Chili Cook-Off Information and Application
Thank you for your interest in entering our 38th Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, June 23, 2018! 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 23, 2018
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 23, 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 13, 2018.
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
- 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.)
- 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
1st Place $250
2nd Place $150
1st Place $300
2nd Place $200
3rd Place $100
1st Place $200
2nd Place $125
1st Place $250
*SPECIAL AWARDS (Amateurs & Restaurants are eligible)*
Hottest Chili $50
Best Costumes, Booth, & Decorations $100
Chili Cook-Off Application
Applicant: Your application will be considered ONLY after you have completed 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 Festival. 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 2018 Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival Chili Cook-Off Information and Application) and the additional information below.
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.