The Jasper Activity Centre was packed as 18 teams competed to make the best chili at Mountain Park Lodges 28th Annual Chili Cook-Off for the 2016 Jasper in Jasper Appetites Weekend. No ingredients were allowed to be pre-cooked or chopped prior to the start, and to make the competition even more challenging, no beans were allowed in the recipes this year. Regardless of the no-bean rule, every booth managed to whip up a tasty and creative batch of chili. Along with serving chili to guests, competitors entertained spectators with crazy costumes and themed booths.
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The competition was stiff and the judges were tough when it came to the title of "best chili". Seriously, they don't mess around. In first place was Jasper Pizza Place, second was Sundog Tours, and The Palisades, Parks Canada.
We saw it all this year, from a 6 foot paper mache tiki, a life size log cabin, an old pirate's ship and a handmade elk that takes two people to walk it around the room, it seemed as though everyone was in it to win it. Taking first place for best booth was Coco's Cafe for their Tiki Bar, second was Sawridge with a reference to a special chili episode of the Simpsons, and third was a life like Roadkill cafe from Tourism Jasper.
Thank you to everyone who came out to see all the hard work that went in to making the 28th year of the Chili Cook Off the best one yet. Keep an eye on jasperinjanuary.travel for updates on the next event.