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The Simsbury Spooktacular Chili Challenge is fully-sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS). Members of the ICS will be competing with their best traditional red, verde, and homestyle recipes in the hopes of taking home the grand prize of $1,000 and making it to the 2020 World Championships! To participate in the ICS competition, visit their website HERE.

ICS cooks and others will also be preparing their best People’s Choice chili recipes, which will be sampled and judged by the event attendees. You do not have to be an ICS member to cook in the People’s Choice competition, and you could take home the top prize of $250! For more info, contact the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce at (860) 651-7307 or

If you’re a restaurant or professional chef who would like to compete in our professional competition from 2:00 to 5:00 P. M., contact the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce at (860) 651-7307 or