Chili Cook-Off heats up a January Sunday

Allen Wallace photos.

Some of the Midlands’ best cooks showed off their skills Sunday with their special takes on a perfect dish for the January weather.

The fourth annual Lexington Chili Cook-Off, organized by the Old Mill Brewpub and the Lexington County Blowfish and hosted by Icehouse Amphitheater, featured 25 cooks (some from businesses, other simply individuals who love to cook) and almost three dozen different chilis.

“I don’t know if I can call out a favorite,” said Leonard DeMarco as he tasted one of the dishes. “I think I need to go sample them all one more time just to be sure.”

A $10 admission ticket ($5 for children) allowed attendees to be completely sure, thanks to unlimited samples, and all were invited to cast votes for the people’s choice awards. Many of the competitors offered crackers or cornbread along with the chili, and other food and drinks were for sale.

Freeway Music students performed on the amphitheater stage, followed by the Funky Junk band, to entertain the crowd of several hundred who came out for the event.

All proceeds from the festivities will benefit Cancer of Many Colors and Lexington’s Adopt a Cop program.

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