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Chili Cook-Off Brings the Heat to Idaho City

Saturday, Feb. 16


Shake the Boise humdrum this weekend by taste-testing the best chili in the Boise Basin. It's not an officially sanctioned competition, but that doesn't mean the food at the 27th annual Chili Cook-Off isn't awesome. Think of it as an opportunity to pretend to be a culinary expert.

Contestants start cooking as early as 6 a.m. and panel judging begins at noon, which leaves plenty of time for hungry chili lovers to try all the offerings from the best chefs in the area. Cups for taste testing cost $3 and raffle tickets for killer prizes cost $5 each.

It's no small event, either. Expect a few hundred folks out to spend the weekend burning their tongues on spicy food, as well as rocking out to live music from Boise Blues Society mainstays The Juke Daddies.

Cash prizes are doled out to first and second place, and the crowd favorite gets a nice chunk of change as well. If you're thinking about going for gold, plan to enter your own creation by going to The entry fee is $50 and entries are also accepted by phone.

Even if you're not in it to show off your cooking skills, it's an excellent excuse to get out of the valley for the day—but it might be a good idea to bring the antacids along, too.