As of March 31, we have 17 red chili contestants, 8 chili verde and 6 salsa competitors. I just spoke to the Health Dept. and they are very adamant about not allowing walk-in cooks to participate because they require payment for each cook in advance and must be properly prepared for their inspection. So, if you’re even just thinking about participating, PLEASE, PLEASE let us know via email or phone or sign up on the ICS website. The first list must be submitted to them this Friday April 4, and we would prefer paying for extra cooks than have anyone turned away. We can add to the list and pay no later than Noon on Friday, April 11, but please don’t wait until the last minute to let us know.
The Health Dept. also emphasized that everything must be prepped and cooked on-site in a proper environment — you did make your people’s choice chili there that morning, correct! Friendly reminder, you need the three dish washing stations, a hand washing (spigot) station, thermometers, plastic gloves, etc. etc. If we don’t get 10 salsa competitors, we will revert back to the 100% payback for prize money, so get those salsa makers and knives working!
The cook-off site is off of Hwy. 95 in the heart of the city (Lake Havasu State Park Windsor 4). Coming from either North or South, drive into the city and turn on London Bridge Road toward the lake (the sign will say Mesquite turning away from the lake and there’s an In-N-Out Burger on the corner). Follow the road around and turn left at the sign in between the two hotels, tell the guard (if there is one) you’re with the cook-off, enter the boat show area and turn left, go to the end then turn right. The cook-off site will be on your left, go just past it to a dirt road and turn left into the site. Again, here are the links to hotels and RV parks.
Don’t forget, you can hang out after the cook-off if you want and take advantage of some free beer while Dennis and I (and anyone else who wants to help) are serving chili to the Boat Show and Cook-off VIP’s (that includes everyone involved in the cook-off). It looks like the Sunday “anything goes” chili serving is becoming very popular with the cooks, and we appreciate your participation. It will truly be a fun-filled weekend in beautiful Lake Havasu, and we’ve heard rumors there will be several Chiliheads joining us to judge, assist where needed and hang out with the cooks!
What can be better than cooking chili overlooking a gorgeous lake, watching high-speed ski racing and enjoying the car and boat shows which surround the cook-off site, all combined with absolutely perfect weather? Don’t forget, you can set up on Friday and tear down on Sunday as there is 24-hour security. Dennis will be at the site all day Friday until around 4:00 pm.
We hope to hear from you and better yet, see you in Lake Havasu on April 12. If you have any questions, please contact Dennis and Allene Macklin, 928-566-1336, Firefrog70@gmail.com