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More than 20 chilis will fire up your taste buds at the Batavia Viking Ring Lodge’s Seventh Annual Chili Cook-off

Sep 22, 2017 08:52AM ● By Ben Scott

BATAVIA, ILL. – September 16, 2017 – Do you make a chili that wakes up everyone’s taste buds? If so, share it with the world – or at least the Seventh Annual Chili Cook-off at the Batavia Viking Ring Lodge #18.

The event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Viking Lodge, 104 N. VanNortwick Avenue in Batavia. Public festivities begin at 1:00 p.m. The Vikings are collaborating with Batavia United Way to support local non-profit agencies and the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Burn Camp. The cook-off is also accepting food donations or money for the Batavia Food Pantry. 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.

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.

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 14.

About Batavia United Way:

The Batavia United Way is a nonprofit community based organization that raises funds for programs that directly benefit Batavians. Batavia United Way envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. The group values all members of our community as well as its volunteers, donors and partners. The goal is to have a measurable lasting impact in the community and do so with accountability and integrity. An all-volunteer board and a part-time executive director run Batavia United Way. Visit for more information, or call the office at 630- 877-2780.

Learn more about the Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc. (CASI) on their website at