On October 6, The Kiwanis Clubs of Hilton Head Island will host the 34th Annual Chili Cook-off at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine. This year’s event will focus on local chili cooks in the professional and amateur category, with separate awards for competitors in the Nonprofit group. In addition, popular local band B-Town Playaz will be providing entertainment. Also, there will be a Kids’ Zone with children’s games and activities including face painting, so families can fully enjoy the festivities.
The Kiwanis Club expects 20-25 restaurants and amateurs alike, including last year’s winners One Hot Mama’s, San Miguel’s, The Sonesta and The Cypress of Hilton Head in the professional category. Amateur winners included Your Mom’s Kitchen, Boys and Girls Club, Colorado Chili Peppers, Hilton Head PSD and Second Helpings. The Kiwanis Club expects full participation in one of the most popular events in the Southeast, as advertised in Southern Living magazine.
Tickets will be available in advance for $15 at several Island locations, including The Coastal Discovery Museum, Burke’s Pharmacy, Reilley’s South, Honey Baked Ham (Bluffton), Bluffton Pharmacy and from any Kiwanis member. Each ticket entitles the holder to as many samples of chili as they want. Tickets on the day of the event will be $20. In addition, several corporate sponsorship packages are available in the Gold, Silver and Bronze categories, which come with tickets and beverages.
Proceeds from the event benefit local Kiwanis children’s organizations such as Boys and Girls Club, Island Rec Center, The Sandbox, Marine Corps Scholarship Fund, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Children’s Center, Junior ROTC HHI and Bluffton and Gregory’s Playground. Beer, wine, soda, hot dogs and ice cream will also be available for purchase, and parking is free.