Topaz Chili Cookoff and Craft Fair is April 15 |

Topaz Chili Cookoff and Craft Fair is April 15

Staff reports

The eighth annual Lake Topaz Chili Cookoff and Craft Fair at Topaz Lodge and Casino will offer fun, food and music next weekend at the Topaz Lodge and Casino, sponsored by the Topaz Sertoma club.

Some 40 cooks will vie for the winning slot, and he or she may be eligible to advance to the World Championship Semi Finals or the High Sierra Regional Cookoff. The cookoff is sanctioned by the International Chili Society.

The Sertoma Club will offer food and beverage trailers, selling hamburgers, hot dogs and chili, plus beer, soft drinks, lemonade, coffee and wine. Tasting kits for sampling the competition chili will be sold shortly before the cooks turn in their samples to be judged.

This year, a competition will also be held for chili verde, the green kind of chili. As in previous years, the salsa contest is open to anyone. There is a $10 entry for the salsa contest, and contestants are asked to attend the cook’s meeting at 10:30 a.m. Prize money and a trophy await the winner.

Other contests open to the public are Miss Chili Pepper, Mr. Hot Sauce and the Shoot ‘N Holler – all you need for this one is a cast iron stomach and a pair of leather lungs, said Cookoff Chairman Fritz Rubins.

Bill Brown of Channel 4 television in Reno will be chief judge. There will be trophies for regular chili, chile verde, best booth and salsa, and the winners will be announced around 4:30 p.m.

Arts and crafters will sell a wide variety of items and live music will be performed by Janet Drummond and Corkey. Drawings for 10 raffle prizes will be held between noon and 4:30 p.m. Each drawing will offer a prize worth a minimum of $75, and you need not be present to win. Tickets are now being sold by Topaz Sertoma members and will be sold all day April 15.

First-time cooks are always welcome, and anyone interested in being a cook or selling arts and crafts should call Rubins at 266-3468.

All proceeds are donated back into the community to such activities as Douglas County Search and Rescue, University of Nevada, Reno speech and hearing department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Explorer Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, among others.