The 30-year-old tradition of the annual Wagonmaster’s Chili Cookoff has made a return in 2022. The event has been a longstanding tradition in Wichita with teams from Kansas and surrounding states coming to participate. The 2022 cookoff is anticipated to draw a crowd of over 9,000 people who share a passion to taste or cook the best chili in the Midwest. Participants and attendees look forward to this event all year long.

The event will be held in the 500 block of East Douglas Avenue Naftzger Park, located at 601 E. Douglas Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Enjoy all the fun and flavor with chili tasting kits for $5. Chili tasting kits gives attendees access to a sample cup of chili from all the booths at the event. All of the proceeds go to fund the Good Life Grants, which helps dozens of local non-profits and charities. Chili tasting is open to the public starting at noon to give attendees ample time to visit over 80 booths at the cookoff. Tickets can be purchased at the cookoff starting at 11 a.m.

Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff

The categories of the cookoff offers a variety of chili, salsa and restaurants including:

  • No-Beans About It: No bean chili
  • Anything goes: Anything the competing team wants to put in their chili
  • Chili Verde: Any kind of meat or combination of meats cooked with green chili peppers-no beans or pasta allowed
  • Red Chili: Any kind of meat or combination of meats cooked with red chili peppers-no beans or pasta allowed
  • Salsa: Homemade salsa prepared beforehand or made at the cookoff
  • Chili for Charity: Non-profits make chili to share their message and raise money for their organization  
  • Chili for Restaurants: Local restaurant showcase their menu’s chili

The cookoff not only features mouthwatering chili, but other exciting events such as:

  • Live music featuring rock band Epic all day long
  • Pepper Eating Contest
  • Games and cash prizes

The high spirit of the chili cookoff will leave you wanting more. Don’t let the fun end there!

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