Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off
The 21st Annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-off took place on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 from 11:30am until 4:00pm. Join us again next February!
The Chili Cook-off, presented by Maguire Hyundai Subaru, featured chili prepared by 40+ restaurants as they competed for the titles of Best Meat/Overall Chili, Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili, and People’s Choice Chili. In addition to chili, there are other chili-related food items. The Chili Cook-off will feature a farmers market with vendors and local wineries, breweries, and farmer’s sampling their goods. All activities will take place on the Ithaca Commons and surrounding streets.
Our 2019 winners are:
People’s Choice Best Chili: Ithaca Beer
Best Presentation: Simeon’s American Bistro
Best Meat Chili: McCormick’s at Moakley House (Cornell Dining)
Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili: Moosewood
Best Beverage: Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
Thank you to all of our competitors!
Participating Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries, and Farmers:
Remember to get your CORNBREAD from CORNBREAD FOR KIDS. Cornbread for Kids will be in front of Center Ithaca and be walking the festival selling Giant Cornbread Wedges for $1. Over the past 9 years, we have raised over $12,500 to fight childhood hunger right here in our community.
100% of the money stays local to support the Fresh Snack Program of Woods Earth.
Chili ‘Stache and Beard Competition
Don’t miss the Chili ‘Stache and Beard Competition sponsored by The Ithaca Beard and Mustache Club!
Who has the most impressive mustache? The most incredible, impeccable beard? We’ll find out!
The Ithaca Beard and Mustache Club presents the Chili ‘Stache and Beard Competition. Contests will occur Bank Alley on the Ithaca Commons at 3 pm, so come on out to participate or spectate! Right across from the beer tent!
Presale tickets are available starting in February at the Downtown Visitors Center (171 E. State St.), at two Collegetown Bagels locations (203 N. Aurora St., and 415 College Ave). CASH ONLY
If you’re coming in from out of town, you can reserve tickets at will-call with your credit card by calling the Downtown Ithaca Alliance at 607-277-8679.
As always, you can purchase tickets on the day of the event at the event (CASH ONLY.)
Tickets are $5 for 5 tastes of wine, beer, and food, or $10 for 10 tastes.
On a tight schedule? VIP tickets give you access to a separate, fast-moving line for tastes, plus an awesome chili necklace (while supplies last)! 10 tastes for $20 or 20 tastes for $40.
Directions & Parking
Attendees can park in the Green, Seneca, and Cayuga Street garages ($5 event rate) and walk to the Chili Cook-off. The garages are equipped with accessible parking and elevators. Street parking is also available.
Don’t want to drive? See TCAT bus routes and schedules here.
Want to Participate?
One chili to rule them all! Does your chili have what it takes? Sign up below and put your chili where your mouth is!
Want to showcase your brew, wine, or non-chili food? Want a booth for your farm-based business? Sign up here!