Raleigh, N.C. — When it's chilly out, there's almost nothing better than a hot bowl of steamy, spicy chili. If you agree, then ChillyFest 2013 may be right for you.
ChillyFest is a huge chili cook-off in the heart of downtown Raleigh, and the money raised will go to Boys and Girls Clubs serving Wake County and the Isaac Hunter Foundation. This is the competition's third year, and this year's event will be even bigger, with live music, a beer garden, face painting for the kids, door prizes and more.
The fun starts at noon this Saturday on the 100 block of Fayetteville Street. Tickets, which are sold in either packs of 10 ($8) or 20 ($15), can be purchased online. There is also a VIP package for $75, which allows you to try every chili in the competition and grants access to the complimentary VIP beer tent.
Think you have what it takes? You can also register online to compete as a chili chef. This year's ChillyFest has three competitions: People's Choice, Best Booth and the International Chili Society Individual Competition.
Whether you're a master chili chef or not, this will be a fun event that supports a great cause.