Chili Cook-off

Is there any greater sensory experience than that of walking into the kitchen and smelling the aroma of a pot of chili on the stove? Yep, eating it! Do you like to make chili? Is your recipe the best? Then join us at our first-ever Chili Cook-off competition. You can enter as a professional chef, by yourself, as a group, an organization, or a family. Spaces are limited so step up and let's see who makes the best chili around at the recently opened Engine 14 Brewery. Located on the site of the old Widmer's Winery, now the home of Hazlitt Winery, owners Greg and Kate Borden are sharing their newly renovated space to host both the Home Winemaker's Competition and the Chili Cook-off.


    Sunday, September 18, 2022



    Set up by competitor at 3:00pm
    Tasting open to the public at 4:00


    FREE to all spectators to come and enjoy
    Have a taste of what might become your new favorite chili for only $.50 per two ounce serving. Try as many as you like! Your vote will determine who receives the People's Choice award. Everyone gets their first ticket free!


  • First, Second, and Prizes will be awarded.
  • People's Choice Award - You get to choose your favorite cook @ $1.00 per ticket.

General Rules

  • There are two classes of competitors - Professional and Amateur. Professional is defined as anyone having been formally trained in the culinary arts or have cooked for a livelihood including restaurant owners. Individuals and groups fall into the Amateur categories.
  • All competitors must reside in Ontario County.
  • Upon entry, the competitor declares that his/her entry was homemade. No "store bought", processed, or canned chili is allowed. Chili recipes must be original to the competitor. All proteins must be identified (i.e. beef, chicken, pork, venison, etc.)
  • All chili must be prepared in advance and brought ready to reheat and serve in your personal crockpots. Please follow the rules of food safety when maintaining temperatures. Chili should be reheated to 160 degrees F for ground beef chili and 165 degrees F for ground turkey chili. And kept at a holding temperature of 140 degrees F.
  • Tables, electric, gloves, two-ounce cups, napkins, and spoons will be provided.
  • There will be a panel of five (5) judges. Each tasting by the judges will be numbered according to competitor who will remain anonymous until awards presentation.
  • Three chili categories will be judged in 2022 - Red Chili, White Chili, and Vegetarian Chili.
  • There is a limit of only one (1) entry per competitor.
  • Each competitor must be able to produce at least three gallons (12 quarts) of chili for both judging and public tastings.
  • Each competitor is asked to create a "brand" name for their chili (i.e. Charlie's Far Out Chili).
  • Judging to be completed on-site and awards presented at the end of the competition.
  • By entering, your information and picture may be used to promote current and future events.


Entry Fees

  • Entry Fee (Now - September 2nd): $5
    Payments must accompany entry form. In the case of Venmo, payment will be on record.

Go to either the Venmo account or mail a check to the address below.

Venmo: @naplesgrapefestse
(please designate Chili Cook-off Entry Fee)

Checks payable to: Naples Grape Festival SE

Mail to: Naples Grape and Arts Festival LLC
6202 Stemple Hill Rd
Naples, NY 14512
Attn: Hollis Lawler, Event Chairperson


For more information, contact Hollis Lawler (Event Chairperson) at

Community Events 2022 Sponsors

Naples Volunteer Fire Department

HawksPro Vacations LLC

Caruso's Cafe

Messineo et al

Engine 14 Brewery

Town of Naples NY
Village of Naples NY

Naples Ambulance

Irondequoit Landscape

Naples Valley Chiropractic

Town of South Bristol

Prospective Community Events Sponsors

If your organization would like to donate $100 or more to our new Community Events, we want to recognize you by listing your organization (and link to your website) on our the Community Events pages of our website.

Show your community support by donating $100 or more and sending your organization's logo, website address, mailing address and contact information to Tom Hawks II at

You can a make your donation by either going to the Venmo account or mail a check to the address below:

Venmo: @naplesgrapefestse
(please designate Community Events Sponsor)

Checks payable to: Naples Grape Festival SE

Mail to: Naples Arts & Crafts Festival LLC
6202 Stemple Hill Rd
Naples, NY 14512
Attn: Mitch Bay - Treasurer

Contact Tom at 585-704-7210 with any questions you might have.

Our NEW Naples Grape Festival Community Events cannot happen year after year without your generous support. Thank you!.

Naples Grape Festival 2022 is Proudly Presented by the Naples Grape and Arts Festival LLC
All donations and proceeds from Community Events and the Grape Country Gala go toward supporting present and future Community Events. The goal of these events is to bring families and friends together by providing positive, fun and enriching experiences for Naples community residents!