Atlanta Chili Events – Top 3

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Top 3 Atlanta Chili

Ever wondered
which chili chookoffs are worth attending in Atlanta?  After
all, there are so many chili cookoff events springing up all over
Atlanta, it’s hard to know which are the best.  To hopefully
help you decide, Famous Chili Recipes has come up with the Top 3 (in
our opinion) chili events in the Atlanta area.

Coming in at number 3 in Famous Chili Recipes list is The Annual
Georgia State Chili Cookoff held at
in Marietta.  This event is sanctioned by the
International Chili Society, and the winner travels to the world
championship competition.  It’s a fabulous event with some
tremendous tasting chili.  Competitors follow strict rules, and
when the chili cooking time is over, the chili is delivered to the
judging area. 

Each cookoff competitor
at the Georgia State Chili cookoff usually makes 2 batches of chili. 
One is for judging and one is for the public to taste.  The
fans aren’t left out of the judging though.  There is a
People’s Choice award given and, believe me, the competitors take
this very seriously.  It’s a smaller event than our next two
cookoffs on the list, but it is all about chili. You’ll eat
fantastic chili, and you’ll learn a great deal.  Who knows, you
may be inspired to create your own chili recipe for the next cookoff.

Number two on our list is the annual
Chomp and Stomp festival in Cabbagetown.  When I say there is something for everyone at
this event, I mean it.  There are planned kid events, live
music, and of course, chili competitions.  The streets are
lined with festival goers eating and having fun.  It’s a
fabulous time in the Cabbagetown area.  Definitely worth a
visit if you’ve never been.

And now, drum roll please, our number 1 chili event in Atlanta is
The Atlanta Chili Cookoff (also known as

The Great Miller Lite Chili

For many
years, this chili cookoff has taken over the fields at Stone
Mountain Park for an entire weekend of cooking, eating, and enjoying
music, games and drinks.  The event is held rain or shine, and
it’s fun in any kind of weather.  One year when it was pouring
some areas were ankle deep in water.  It didn’t stop the chili
cooking or the beer pouring.  My boys thought it was awesome
when they got to run through puddles as big as small swimming pools.

Each chili cookoff entrant gets it’s own campsite and camp
decorations are a wonder to behold.  I’ve seen pirate ships
with authentic pirates, clowns, and just downright cute kids handing
out chili samples to the hundreds and hundreds of people that come
out each year.  It definitely helps spur creativity when
presentation is one of the judging criteria.

If you’re looking for chili excitement, choose one of our top 3
events and you won’t be disappointed.  If you would like to
share your experience, feel free to email me at

Written By
Danna Vach