Here’s the Hot Lineup for Saturday’s Chili Cook-Off at Des Moines Farmers Market

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Fire up the pot honey – the beans, meat and fixns’ are ready to be gurglingly early this Saturday morning at the annual Chili Cook-Off, the crowning event for the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market!

It is a fun and delicious fundraiser that helps sustain the market and benefit the Des Moines Dollars for Scholars, Business & Professional Woman’s Foundation and the Des Moines Area Food Bank.

Contestants and tasters come from all around South King County to enjoy this great season ending event, which runs from

This year 15 teams have signed up to wreak havoc with your taste buds:

  • Nutting but the Best
  • Down & Out Demolition
  • Southwest Seattle Business & Professional Women
  • Chili Sisters
  • Chili Chili Bang Bang
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (they keep trying)
  • Mt Rainier Pool
  • Chili Pepper Mamas (last year’s First Place Winner)
  • Destination Des Moines
  • Buoy Boy’s
  • South King Fire & Rescue (this year’s Federal Way Farmers Market winners)
  • 10th Ave Chili Dogs/Waterfront Crossfit (last year’s People Choice winner)
  • DMYC First Mates
  • Pepper Chili Chicks
  • Chili Con Cronies

For only $4 you get samples of chili, corn bread, bowl, spoon and wet nap and a chance to vote for your favorite. Chili is served on a “first come first served” basis starting at noon and is served until 2pm, or until it runs out. The “People’s Choice” award is chosen by the tasters, so be sure to arrive in time to try them all, and vote for your favorite!

Every year a panel of judges is chosen and awards are given to first, second and third place. This year’s distinguished panel includes:

  • Dave Kaplan – Des Moines Mayor and market sponsor
  • Ric Jacobson – Corky Cellars Owner
  • Karen Kinney – Director Washington State Farmers Market Association
  • George Delgado – Des Moines Chief of Police
  • Michael Brunk – Waterland Blog Photographer

Possibly the most coveted award is the “People’s Choice Award,” because as the name says, it’s the chili the people love the most.

The market will also be collecting donations for the Des Moines Area Food Bank and the Food Bank Backpack program, so if you are able – please bring a food donation or purchase a raffle ticket for the quilt.

So gather up the family and get there early, as this year’s festivities are sure to be the biggest cook-off yet.

There will be pumpkin carvings, guess the giant pumpkin’s weight and try and take it home and much more.

Oh, and there is also a full market and Boardwalk Bistro!

The market runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the north end of the Marina.

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