Teams of professional and amateur cooks will compete March 21 for the best chili in Grand Rapids during the eighth annual Chilly, Blues and Brews East.
The event will include a chili cook-off, hot pepper-eating contest, live blues music, Michigan craft beer and more.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Grand Rapids without local craft brews taking the spotlight. Each entry must include a Michigan craft beer in the recipe. The first-place winner takes home $1,000 in prizes and the coveted 2020 Golden Ladle Trophy.
Teams also can win various categories, such as Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili, Spiciest Chili and Best Dressed Team.
The person who can handle eating the hottest peppers during the B.O.B.’s hot pepper-eating contest also will take home a $100 Gilmore Collection gift card.
- Noon – 2 a.m.: Live bands and DJs perform at H.O.M.E., B.O.B.’s Brewery, Bobarino’s Pizzeria and Eve Nightclub
- 1 p.m.: Chili tasting – open to the public
- 3:30 p.m.: Hot chili pepper-eating contest — must be 18 years and older to participate
- 4 p.m.: Chili cook-off winners announced in H.O.M.E.
Chilly, Blues and Brews East is presented by The B.O.B., WLAV-FM, Thunder 107.3 and The Q 94.5. This event is free, and all ages are permitted.
The B.O.B. is located at 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.