Chili aficionados to compete at annual festival

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The event will include a chili cook-off, hot pepper-eating contest, live blues music, Michigan craft beer and more. Courtesy Chilly, Blues and Brews East

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.

Schedule Highlights

  • 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.

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