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  • Ending on: 10/14/2013
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400 Competitors, 50 Vendors and

Food Trucks, 2 Stages of Live Music

August 15, 2013....PALM SPRINGS, CA - The Spa Resort Casino will host the 47th Annual World's Championship Chili Cookoff (WCCC), one of the largest food festival contests in the country, October 11-13, 2013. This three-day taste tempting event boasts 400 competitors, 50 vendors and food trucks along with 2 stages of live music from 11:00am-6:00pm each day. To purchase tickets visit

Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, California, the Spa Resort Casino is a spectacular location with unobstructed mountain views, central location and free parking.

The World's Championship Chili Cookoff (WCC) is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS), which has raised 91 million dollars through their regional cookoffs and world finals since its inception in 1967. Every pre-qualifying chili cookoff sanctioned by the ICS must be held for a charity. Proceeds from this year's event will be donated to three Coachella Valley charities - Mizell Senior Center, Pegasus Riding Academy and USO Palm Springs.

400 chili cooks will converge on the site to compete in four main categories of competition including traditional red chili, chili verde, salsa and homestyle with total prize packages of $55,000 to be awarded to the winners.

$25,000 goes to the first place winner of the traditional red chili category. All contestants must be pre-qualified by winning first place in ICS sanctioned cookoffs that take place throughout the year. Members of the International Chili Society who have not qualified to participate in the WCCC have one last opportunity to do so by cooking in the Last Chance Chili Cookoff on Friday morning, October 11. Ten cooks with the most points will be given slots in the finals on Sunday, Oct. 13.

New to this year's event will be the Restaurant and Military/Public Service Divisions which will have separate prizes from the main World's Championship Chili Cookoff.

Judges for the competitions are past ICS World's Champions, ICS sponsors, ICS cookoff chairman, ICS Certified Chili Judges, celebrity chefs, local dignitaries and invited guests.

Over the 3 days of the chili cookoff, attendees will party and dance with 2 stages of live music featuring country, classic rock and Latin bands, Kid Zone, 50 vendors of art/food trucks/food booths and of course, the ever-popular "sampling" of chili provided by the ICS contestants.

Thanks to the generosity of a variety of companies and individuals, the World's Championship Chili Cookoff will hold its 47th annual competition in Palm Springs:

Spa Resort Casino, P.S. Resorts, City of Palm Springs, International Chili Society (Carol Hancock CEO), City of Palm Springs, McIlhenny Company (TABASCO), Viking Range Corporation, Costco Wholesale, Harley Davidson, New Leaf Catering (Scott Robertson), Budweiser and Bud Light, Hot Purple Energy, Classic Party Rentals, Diamond Environmental and Crater Lake Vodka just to name a few.

Our spectacular media partners include: Palm Springs Life, Joey English Productions, The Desert Sun, Desert Entertainer, The Big 106.1 FM, The Oasis 95.9 FM, KATY 101.3 FM, KFROG 95.1 and 92.9 FM, Travelhost, Lamar Advertising, CV Weekly, Joey English Productions and Desert Star Weekly.

For more information on how to become a sponsor, vendor or competitor visit or call Jeff Hocker, Executive Producer at 760-320-5272.

For more information on the International Chili Society and a calendar of the qualifying cookoffs leading up to the World's Championship Chili Cookoff, visit

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