15th Annual Chili Cookoff

The Grand Central Chili Cook-Off is the District’s longest-running event and serves as a fundraiser for the GCDA, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

The event will take place Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 – rain or shine – along the 2400-2600 blocks of Central Avenue and will include the chili competition with over 40 contestants and beer tastings from our 5 District breweries.

Restaurants, chef’s, businesses, neighborhood associations and individuals enter their favorite chili recipe to participate and compete in multiple categories including best vegetarian, people’s choice, and the best neighborhood chili!

Our nearby neighborhoods will battle for bragging rights with Best Neighborhood Association Chili. Come support and vote for your favorite: Central Oak Park, Palmetto Park, North Kenwood, and Historic Kenwood.

The People’s Choice winner will be determined by the attendees!

Category winners will be selected in each category by professional judges.

And new this year, we will feature our District craft breweries: If I Brewed the World, Avid Brew, Cage Brewing, Arcade Brewery, and Pinellas Ale Works with select tastings of their beers selected/created just for the Cookoff!

And they will be teaming up with local restaurants who will include their beer in a special Beer Chili recipe!

Proceeds go to improvements in the Grand Central District.


Register to Enter. Click Here

Entry fee is $25 (to be billed through email)
Grand Central District Members and non-profits enter for free.


Vendor Sign Up. Click Here

If you would like to participate as a vendor, the fee is $25. The booth space is a maximum of 10 x 10


Purchase Tickets. Click Here

Tickets are $20 for Chili Tasting as often as you want.
$25 for Chili + Beer Tasting as often as you want. You must be 21 years or older to purchase. Proof of ID will be required.


Volunteer Sign Up. Click Here

Sign up to Volunteer (and get a free ticket and high quality t-shirt specially designed for the event.


Become a Sponsor. Click Here

Become a Chili Sponsor. $250 level receives an event T-shirt and their logo on upcoming Chili Cookoff promotions. $100 level receives an event T-shirt and their name listed on social media and website as a Patron. Both levels receive our eternal thanks and gratitude!