14th O’Leno Olé Chili Cookoff

Saturday, April 8th, 2023
O’Leno State Park
410 SE O’Leno Park Rd
High Springs, Florida

Bring your favorite chili recipe and compete with the best in the CASI-sanctioned section of this competition. You do not have to be a CASI member to participate. There will be prizes for 1st – 10th place in the Cookoff, and 1st – 3rd place for Showmanship. CASI rules 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 category, and cash prizes.

Only CASI chili must be prepared on-site. 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: $20.00 per recipe for first entry, and $15.00 for each additional entry. Contestants must be 18 years or older for both competitions. Pre-register by downloading the registration form.

Check-in and On-site Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday. The Cookoff starts at 9 a.m. Turn-in for CASI recipes is 12 Noon, and for Open recipes is 12:30 pm.

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

Springs Celebration

Kicking off at 11 AM right next to the Cookoff is the annual SPRINGS CELEBRATION!

Right on the banks of the Santa Fe River celebrating our springs, you can learn how to protect them! This event will have live music from The Weeds of Eden, kids activities, art and craft vendors, and environmental exhibits!

Starting at 12:30 PM, test the chili recipes from the Chili Cookoff with a $7 donation, and vote for your favorite! Get tickets for chance drawings for items generously donated by local businesses.

Park admission is waived with the donation of a canned good (no expired cans please). And all proceeds from both events will benefit O’Leno & River Rise Preserve State Parks!