Maggie Valley Chili Challenge turns up the heat

Feb 22, 2013

The Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for the best chili in Haywood County. The Chamber Chili challenge will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at the Maggie Valley Inn.

This popular event has been a winter-time favorite for locals and visitors alike. The committee has made a few changes this year to make the event even more fun. Competitors will have four flavor categories to choose from.

The Chili Rustler: A cowboy’s chili- hearty, bean and beef; Chili Luau: A sweeter version using pineapple, chicken or any other lighter flavoring; Chili Mex:  A spicy version using rice, jalapenos, black beans, and anything else packing “heat”; and Chili Hog Wild: Biker Friendly version using anything but beef – sausage, bear, deer, pork, or meat of choice.

Competitors are required to dress up in costume to match the category entered with 50 percent of the score based on taste and 50 percent of the score based on presentation.

Many unique recipes will be used and competitors are encouraged to share their secrets. The public will judge the contest. Competitors are encouraged to bring friends and family to vote. Voters will pay a $5 cover charge at the door.

It's not too late to enter the contest. Members of the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce will be charge a $10 entry fee; for non-members the fee will be $15. Applications are available by contacting Teresa Smith at the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce at 926-1686 or email to