Eastlake Zoo’s 33rd Annual Chili Cook-Off is Oct. 2

Get cookin’! The Eastlake Zoo’s 33rd Annual Chili Cook-Off will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

This is a great event with loads of tasty chili. And the customers are the judges! Proceeds from the event benefit Northwest Harvest.


Walt from the Zoo says the sign-up sheet is up at the bar. Just ask the bartender for the sheet. They’re encouraging people to register early because they’re expecting a record number of entrants this year. Several local businesses and clubs have indicated they will be entering.

It costs $15 to enter your chili recipe (one gallon minimum). Entrants get a chili tasting bowl and ballot. Or, if you’re not the cooking type, pay $8 to get a tasting bowl and ballot. The first 15 paid entrants get an official Eastlake Zoo Chili Cook-Off t-shirt.

Entrants need to provide their own hot plate or crock pot to keep their chili warm. Vegetarian chili is welcome. Store-bought ingredients are welcome but store-bought chili is not.

For more of the cook-off rules, go to the Zoo’s new website.

To get a taste of this event, check out our coverage from last year.

See you at the Zoo on Oct. 2!