Let your senses follow the great aromas coming from Old Town Temecula when chili cooks spice it up at Temecula’s Western Days Chili Cookoff on May 20.
The chili cookoff is both an International Chili Society regional cookoff and a people’s choice event.
There are three ICS Categories, Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. People’s Choice is for Red Chili and Chili Verde. Cooking and the cooks meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
People’s Choice Chili is available for tasting beginning at 11 a.m. at Town Square at Main and Mercedes Streets and continues until chili is gone.
A separate best People’s Choice Restaurant Category seeks the best Chili Chef in the Temecula Valley restaurants. Restaurants will receive table, chairs, power and canopy.
Prizes for Red ICS Chili are $500 for first place, $300 for second and $100 for third place. For Chili Verde the prizes are $200, $100 and $50. People’s Choice receives $75 for first and a plaque, $50 for second place and $25 for third.
The chief judge is Bob Dyer of Canyon Lake.
Awards are at 4:30 p.m.
To learn more, visit www.temeculacalifornia.com.