One of the most popular, tasty and interesting events is coming back after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic. The annual Rotary Club of West Chester Chili Cook-off will return for its 20th year on Sunday, October 9th! Vendors will be set up by 10:30 in the morning, and chili will be dished up beginning at noon until the chili awards presentations at 3:30.
Sponsors helping Rotary host the event, which is 100% volunteer driven, include Stoltfus RV’s & Marine, Christ Community Church, Lorgus Flower Shop, West, Arthur Hall Insurance, Blue Dog Printing & Design, Chester County Eye Care, Greystone, A. Martinelli & Sons, A Storage Depot, WAWA, and 1st Resource Bank. Sixteen other businesses and organizations are also supporting the event.
Teams providing chili include hometown cooks and volunteers, non-profits, restaurants and businesses - 49 teams dishing out chili to date! The Saloon 151 restaurant will again participate to defend its previous “People’s Choice” title with its Outlaw Chili.
A family affair, you will see parents with children (no dogs please) hungrily wandering from booth to booth. There will again be a special Kids Zone for the children, a raffle table, and swag booth. Vendors will be selling ice cream, kettle corn, as well as art, jewelry and other interesting merchandise. Something for the tiniest tot to the entire family!
One hundred percent of the cook-off proceeds go to the good work of the Rotary Club. For example, 26 area charities have benefited from proceeds of the chili cook-off to date. For further information or to purchase wristbands and avoid long lines ahead of the cook-off, go to the Chili Cook-off link on the Rotary  website for details.