15th O’Leno Olé Chili Cookoff Celebration

Saturday, April 13th, 2024
O’Leno State Park
410 SE O’Leno Park Rd
High Springs, Florida

Calling All Chili Cooks! Bring your favorite
chili recipe and compete with the best!
Check-in and Day-of Registration begins at
8:00 a.m. Saturday, and competition starts at 9 a.m.

All Park Visitors are invited to the Celebration starting at 11:00am along the banks of the Santa Fe River.

There will be live music from The Weeds of Eden, art and craft vendors, exhibits, food for purchase and a guided walk along the River Trail! Get tickets for a chance to win items generously donated by local businesses.

With a $7 donation for a Chili Tasting Kit, check out the chili recipes from the Chili Cookoff starting at 12:45pm, and vote for “The People’s Choice” winner!

About the Competition

• Compete in the CASI-sanctioned section. CASI membership is not required. There will be trophies  for 1st – 10th place for the Cookoff, and 1st – 3rd place for Showmanship. But you must adhere to CASI rules which can be found at casichili.net.

• Or, compete in the Open section, where anything goes! There will be 2 Open categories – “Open with Meat” and “Open Vegetarian.” There are trophies for 1st – 3rd place winners in each Open category, and cash prizes. Open cooks should come with everything you need to heat 2 gallons of your chili recipe for tasting by judges and visitors.

Cookoff Registration Fees: $25.00 per recipe for first entry, and $20.00 for each additional entry. Contestants must be 18 years or older for both competitions. Pre-register by downloading the registration form.

Email chilicookoff@friendsofoleno.org if you have any questions.

 All proceeds from this event will benefit O’Leno & River Rise Preserve State Parks.