Chili competition is back at Sertoma chili and craft fair |

Chili competition is back at Sertoma chili and craft fair

by Caryn Haller

After receiving some complaints last year over not having a chili cook-off, the Carson Valley Sertoma Club has restored the chili competition to their 20th annual chili and craft fair April 28 and 29 at Carson Valley Inn.

They are inviting 10 local restaurants to compete for bragging rights of best chili in Carson Valley.

“They can cook their chili in their own facilities, and bring it with them to serve it out,” fair founder Fritz Rubins said. “They can use anything they want to in it. They can even serve vegetarian if they want to.”

Interested restaurants need to contact Rubins at 265-5463 to fill out an application.

So far restaurants signed on to compete are Pizza Barn, Cafe Girasole, Silver Strike Lanes, Hamdogs and Sharkey’s Casino.

A two-ounce taste will cost .50 cents, with half the proceeds from each kit going to the restaurants.

Rubins breaks down what makes a good chili into the acronym TACA, Taste, Aroma, Color, Appearance.

“You want a good, warm front-end taste transitioning into a nice aftertaste,” Rubins said. “And you don’t want it hot, you want it nice and warm.”

He also recommended keeping the spice level at medium.

Along with the chili competition, close to 100 vendors will be selling their wares from crafts, to knives, to Miche handbags.

Carl and the Classics will be performing both days and visitors can buy raffle tickets for a wheelbarrow full of wine and hard liquor. Tickets cost $1 or 6 for $5.

In the afternoon, the public can participate in the Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Sauce competitions as well as the Shoot ‘n Holler competition.

The Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Sauce competitions are personality contests for youth where the audience picks the winner.

The Shoot ‘n Holler contest involves eating a hot jalepeno pepper, drinking a shot of tequila and giving the loudest, longest yell.

Free shuttles will run regularly from the parking lot of Carson Valley Inn to the event area.

The Carson Valley Sertoma Club has been serving Douglas County since 1978 with its main focus on helping people with hearing disabilities.

The club also donates to the Boys & Girls Club, China Spring, Austin’s House, the food closet and other causes throughout the Valley.

For more information call Pat at 265-5332.