FEBRUARY 17TH  |  12pm - 3:30pm

Come shake off the cold winter at Ponysaurus Brewing Co.’s THIRD Annual Chili Cook-Off! Show off your chili chops, drink delicious Ponysaurus beer, Counter Culture coffee, and compete for the prizes of, you guessed it, more food, coffee, and beer! Oh, and trophies, cause who doesn't like trophies? All amateur cooks welcome.

Our esteemed panel of judges will determine the grand prize winner as well as 2nd & 3rd place but we need your help too! Taste all of the chilis and determine which is your favorite. Donate a canned good to PORCH-Durham to taste & vote!

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Billy Cotter of Dashi and Toast
Ethan Fogleman of Counter Culture Coffee
Beth Littlejohn of The Players’ Retreat
Isaac Martin of Cast Iron Group
Carrie Schleiffer of Alley Twenty Six


  • All styles/types of chilis (vegan, vegetarian, beef, pork, etc.) are welcome, but will be judged in the same category

  • Chili will be prepared off-site and then heated at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. and served to our panel of judges

  • Contestants should prepare at least 2 quarts of chili for the panel of judges

  • Additional chili SHOULD be prepared and provided to Ponysaurus guests on the day of the contest. There will be a separate prize given to a publicly voted People’s Choice Award.

  • All contestants must provide a full list of ingredients at checkin

  • All contestants must provide their own heating source (crock pot suggested) to warm and serve their entry. Ponysaurus Brewing Co. will provide ladles, sampling cups, tables, tablecloths and electricity to all entrants

  • Chili should be homemade and not store bought

  • Salt is a MAGICAL ingredient. Please use it!

  • As goes without saying, poisoning the judges will result in disqualification



12PM: Arrival and set-up
1PM: Official tasting begins
1:30PM: Public tasting begins
3PM: Winners are announced!
3:30PM: Participants must be present to break down / clean up at 3:30PM.



One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected by our esteemed panel of judges. They will receive a gift certificate for $50, a bag of amazing Counter Culture Coffee, AND a trophy! Cause what's the point of winning if you can't take a lap around the beer garden holding a trophy over your head?

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: This year we are asking the people to judge! Join the chili judging by bringing a canned good to donate to PORCH-Durham. Each person will be able to sample all of the participant’s chilis and vote for their favorite. Will you agree with our esteemed judges on who that champion of chili should be?

There will also be awards granted to 2nd place, 3rd place, Best Name, & Best Crockpot. So we expect everyone to bring their A game!

To judge the People’s Choice Award we are asking you to donate a non-perishable food item to PORCH-Durham.

We suggest the following non-perishable food items:
Macaroni & Cheese
Canned vegetables and fruit (no soft-tops please)
Protein-rich foods (canned tuna, canned chicken, pasta with meat)
Snacks (raisins, granola bars, crackers, pretzels)
Pasta (Ramen noodles, chef boyardee)

Registration to Compete is Closed.