2024 Chili Cook Off

Palmer Community Foundation is excited to host this years Colony Days’ Chili Cook Off on Saturday, June 8th, 2024. It will be at the Palmer Train Depot. Contestants will be able to arrive on site at 10:00 and it will be open to the public to watch and observe starting at 2:00 with open taste testing and judging by our community from 4:00-4:45. Be sure to invite your friends and vote for your favorite chili.

We have an extended list of rules that both contestants and judges must follow. Please download and read the PDF for comprehensive list of rules.

Some of the rules to pay attention to:

  • All contestants must be 18 years or older
  • All contestants must bring all supplies, utensils, cooktops, pots, ingredients, extension cords, etc.
  • There are specified cooktops/cooking appliances that are allowed for this competition.
  • All foods must be raw when arriving.
  • Contestants will be given 3 hours of total cook time.

Our judges will be voting on score sheets. Each contestant will be given a number that the judges will use to score.

Meet our Judges:

  • Gary Feaster (Owner of Greatland Welding)
  • Dave Wallace (CEO of Mat-Su Regional)
  • JoAnne Berberich (Volunteer Extraordinaire)
  • Jim Cooper (PCF Board Member & City Council)
  • Ashley Kincaid (PCF Board Member & Event Organizer)

Judges will score on presentation, smell, flavor, texture, and their overall impression of each chili.

All contestants must read the cook-off rules carefully.

We are only taking 10 contestants this year. If interested, register to receive a confirmation e-mail from the Event Coordinator to be confirmed as a contestant.

Please donate to PCF to further our impact. Your donation will help us meet our goal and be matched by Rasmuson Foundation when we raise $30,000 this year.