Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off
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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:

2019 Participating Restaurants:
Kilpatrick’s Publick House
Mahogany Grill
Cayuga Medical Center
Texas Roadhouse
Monks on the Commons
Luna Inspired Street Food
McCormick’s – Cornell Dining
Coltivare Culinary Center
Chi Phi Cornell
GreenStar Cooperative Market
Ithaca Beer Co.
The Chili Cabin
Simeon’s American Bistro
Max’s American Grill – The Hotel Ithaca
Six Mile Creek Vineyard
D.P. Dough
Red’s Place
Ithaca Ale House
Mia Restaurant
Eat the Foood!
Bickering Twins
Wagner Vineyards / Wagner Brewing Co.
Moosewood Restaurant
Just a Taste Wine & Tapas Bar
Silverfox Farms / Sweet Bottoms Cupcakes & Buns
Brookton’s Market
Ithaca Bakery
The Piggery
Viva Taqueria
Two Rivers Church
Covert Country Store
Gorgers Subs
Your CBD Store
Black Button Distilling
Pasta Vitto
MacDonald Farms
Ithaca Soy
Also visit Syracha’cuse Gourmet Sauces and Level Up Nerd Apparel!


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!


Ticket Information

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.

For additional downtown parking information, click here.

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!

Chili Fest Applications