Socially Distant Chili Cook-Off Socially Distant Chili Cook-Off Feb. 12 - 28, 2021 Feb. 12 - 28, 2021

23rd Annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off


Safe & Socially Distant Deliciousness

February 12-28, 2021 Inside restaurants & Takeout

Support eateries and judge their chili from the comfort of your own home and pick your favorite(s) to be awarded the grand prize of bragging rights. And a trophy.

This year, the socially distant Chili Cook-Off allows for dozens of chilis prepared by restaurants across the region to be tested as the competition heats up for the titles of Best Meat Chili, Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili, Best Chili Inspired Item, and The People’s Choice Chili.

Those who want to taste (and judge) the chilis of the Chili Cook-Off will need to visit the participating restaurants of their choice to order a cup o' chili, or featured chili item. Please check with each participating location about their hours and availability.

See the list of this year's competitors below!

Self-appointed judges (anyone and everyone who tries a chili!) are also encouraged to snap photos of their tasting experience & post to Facebook/Instagram with the hashtag #downtownithaca.

Cast your votes at!

2021 Chili Cook-Off Competitors

2021 Chili-Themed Participants! 

La Bodega

Odyssey Books

15 Steps

Alphabet Soup

And more to come!

See festive items and specials from the merchants above - another way to support local businesses during the Cook-Off!

2020 Winners 

People's Choice Best Chili: Taverna Banfi

Best Presentation: Luna Inspired Street Food

Best Meat Chili: Ithaca Ale House

Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili: Viva Taqueria

Best Beverage: FLX Cider House

Join us this year and help us award the 2021 winners!


Directions & Parking to Downtown Locations

Attendees can park in the Green, Seneca, and Cayuga Street garages, or pay for street parking, and walk to restaurants participating in the Chili Cook-off.

The garages are equipped with accessible parking and elevators.

For additional downtown parking information, click here.

Don’t want to drive? See TCAT bus routes and schedules here.