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More than 15 chilis will fire up your taste buds at the Batavia Viking Ring Lodge’s Sixth Annual Chili Cook-off

Sep 13, 2016 12:31PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Do you make a chili that wakes up everyone’s taste buds? If so, share it with the world – or at least the Sixth Annual Chili Cook-off at the Batavia Viking Ring Lodge #18.

The event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Viking Lodge, 104 N. VanNortwick Avenue in Batavia. Public festivities begin at 1pm. The Vikings are collaborating with Batavia United Way to support local non-profit agencies and the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Burn Camp. Tasting tickets cost $5 each and are available at the door. 

The chili cook-off organizers welcome anyone who would like to try their hand at cooking chili. Because the Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc. (CASI) sanctions this event, the cook-off will use CASI’s competition chili rules. This means cooks will prepare the chili on site and from scratch, with no fillers. The entry fee to cook is $20. Besides the best tasting chili winners, cooks can earn a showmanship award.

New this year to the event is a food drive to benefit the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. Chili cook-off attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate. Cash donations to the food pantry will also be accepted.

To learn more about this year’s event, please contact Bill Pierson of Illinois’ local CASI chapter, the Chillini Chili Pod, at 630-879-7934 or email You can also call John Dillon, Viking Lodge member and board member of the Batavia United Way at 630-502-8335 or email him at 

Get out your favorite chili fixings, dust off your secret recipe, and sign up as a cook. Or, at least mark your calendars to join the Batavia Viking Ring Lodge and Batavia United Way for a hot event on October 8.