January 28

11am - 2pm

Downtown Kalamazoo!

For 18 years, this free and family-friendly event has been a community favorite for exploring downtown Kalamazoo, sampling yummy chili, and crowning the winner of Overall People’s Choice.

Don’t forget to purchase this year’s commemorative spoon. Only $6, it’s better for the environment and helps support events just like this!

chili cook off spoon 2023

These will SELL OUT FAST, so get yours now and pick up at HQ.



  1. Start your chili adventure by visiting participating businesses (see below).
  2. Taste & Enjoy
  3. Scan the QR code placed throughout the event to open the voting app and rank each chili as you go.


  • To vote, simply scan the QR code at each chili stop or on your bingo card. When you’re done tasting, simply click submit.
  • Winners will be crowned and given their trophy at 2:30pm.
  • 4 trophies being awarded: Best Retail, Best Restaurant, People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice.


Click the button below to purchase your commemorative spoon(s) in advance.

Spoon(s) will be available for pickup at Chili HQ - KVCC Center for New Media and Arcus Gallery. DIRECTIONS



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