It appears that the last of the summer heat wave is over, and when the temperature levels out a bit, it will finally start to feel like fall. And once the mercury dips, we Michiganders start seeking the comforts the season brings—like a warm bowl of chili.
It may be hard to believe, but chili cook off season is (nearly) upon us once again. There will be several competitions in the Metro Detroit area this fall, so get ready to mark your calendar, grab a spoon and dig in!
The first chili cook off is right around the corner! The 4th Annual Royal Oak Chili Cook Off will be held on Saturday, September 21 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to chili, this year’s event will feature bands, beer and wine, a silent auction and more.
Presented by the Royal Oak Jaycees, tickets cost $10 in advance ($12 the day of the event), and can be purchased online or at the market. You can feel good about shelling out the cash, too—proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of South Oakland County and several other local organizations.
The 18th Annual Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook Off of Plymouth will be held on Sunday, October 6 in Kellogg Park. The restaurant chili challenge begins at 11 a.m., and a motorcycle show, live band and dance performances will follow throughout the day. You’ll have the opportunity to sample all kinds of chili, including green chili and red chili.
This year, all proceeds from the event will go to several local charities, including Habitat for Humanity and Penrickton Center for Blind Children. Chili prices vary, depending on whether you purchase a small sample or regular bowl.
The last of the local chili competitions is Garden City’s 6th Annual Chili Cook Off on Saturday, October 12. The cook off will take place at the Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to chili, the event will feature live bands, local artisans, a beer tent and more.
The 3rd Annual Hot Chili and Hot Rods car and motorcycle show will take place during the festivities, which showcases and gives awards to classic cars.
If, after all that, you’re not quite chili’ed out yet, consider visiting one of the area’s restaurants with some of the best bowls of chili.
Karl’s Cabin, 6005 Gotfredson Rd., Plymouth, is known for its three meat, two bean chili.
Vinsetta Garage, 27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley, serves a White Bean Chili Verde with house-made spicy pork sausage, tomatillos, garlic, cilantro and several other seasonings.
Lastly, Beau Jack’s, 4108 W. Maple Rd., Bloomfield Hills, has its famous Vargo’s White Chili and Championship Chili on the menu.
Make sure to sample all of this seasonal comfort food while you can!