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  • Any chili fans in SoCal?

    Might be an interesting Blat plus chili tasting day...

    Sheriff’s Department to host chili cook-off
    Food: Annual event expected to draw thousands to Castaic

    By Michele E. Buttelman
    Signal Features Editor
    [email protected]
    661-259-1234 x590
    September 26, 2010

    The fifth annual “Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-offâ€‌ sponsored by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jack Bones Equestrian Center in Castaic.

    The Santa Clarita Valley event is expected to draw nearly 4,000 area residents.

    Attendees can sample more than 20 chili and other food booths, enjoy live bands, crafts, displays, demonstrations and an expanded Kids’ Zone featuring a petting zoo. Other attractions include children’s games, a jump house, dunk tank and animal adoptions.

    For chili cook-off competitors, awards will be given in several categories, including Judges’ Choice, Best Tasting Hot Chili, People’s Choice, Top Chef (Restaurant), Chili Grand Master, Best Theme, Most Creative and Most Spirited.

    Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m.

    Serving as chili judges are a trio representing SCV royalty, including Mrs. SCV Dawnel DeRubeis, Miss SCV Melissa Perlstein and Ms. SCV Latonya Robinson.

    The event will benefit Special Olympics of Santa Clarita and Heads-Up Therapy on Horseback.

    Fueled by the Fallen Memorial Race Cars will showcase eight cars honoring military and law enforcement who have lost their lives since Sept. 11, 2001. The race car tour has been viewed by more than 2 million nationwide.

    A rumor that a television crew from Food Network is reportedly following two of the chili competition teams could not be confirmed.

    Calls to Food Network corporate offices in New York were not returned.

    The Jack Bones Equestrian Center is accessible via the Parker Road exit off the northbound Interstate 5 to Castaic Road south. Continue two miles to Tapia Canyon Road east and follow the signs to the event.

    Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, with kids under 6 free. Information: (661) 294-6355.

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  • #2
    Maybe, as long as it's not too hot. The weather that is. Hot Chilli preferred.

    It's also best if made with rattlesnake, goat, or burro meat.


    • #3
      Originally posted by Doug Liedblad View Post
      It's also best if made with rattlesnake, goat, or burro meat.
      I haven't been for a couple of years, but when I last went there were a couple of unusual meats like ostrich, alligator, venison, and bear. It's up to the competitors to choose their meat and spice mixtures, so some do get very creative.