This chili cook-off comes with a twist — and you’ll be able to taste every last one

Credit: Contributed

Credit: Contributed

Rivertown Chili will host an event May 11 that it is calling a "true chili cook-off" with a twist, but one thing won't change: the public is invited to sample any (or all) of the entries.

The twist is, rather than inviting cooks to carry in their favorite chili made at home, this "true" Miamisburg Cinder Path Chili Cook-off will feature only chilis cooked on-site, and outdoors, too.

“Participants will not be permitted to bring a finished product,” competition organizer and Rivertown Chili co-founder Brian Walusis said.

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The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. May 11 outside Rivertown Chili at 105 S. 2nd St. in Miamisburg.

"We have a panel of chef judges lined up and a cash prize," Walusis said. "We are hoping to develop this event into a preliminary round cook-off as part of the ladder that leads up to the International Chili Society World Championship Chili Cook-Off event."

The registration fee is $10. Entrants must bring their own cook stove or camp stove, a small fire extinguisher, a cooler or some other means to keep perishable ingredients cold, and water/soap/dish wash pans, Walusis said on the cook-off's Facebook event page.

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Ingredients may be chopped or prepped in advance, but the chili must be cooked on-site.

“Channel your inner chuck wagon cook and fire up your stove on Saturday May 11 in downtown Miamisburg, and if you can rustle up a chili that is tasty enough to impress the judges, you may win the $100 cash prize or have your chili recipe featured at Rivertown Chili on Memorial Day weekend,” Walusis wrote.

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Stoves will be lit at about 1 p.m. The judges will evaluate the results prior to 2:30 p.m., and a tasting that is open to the public will run from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Awards will be presented at about 2:45 p.m.

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The locally owned independent Rivertown Chili opened in June 2018.

The Cinder Path Chili Cook-off is being co-sponsored by Star City Brewery, Lucky Star and the Miamisburg Merchants Association.

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