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2024 Chilly Cook-Off

Thursday, Jan. 18 from 5 to 7 pm

@ the Mill (642 N. Madison St.)


Join the Hub as we kick off FreezeFest. We'll fight off the chilly winter weather with a chili cook-off featuring chefs from throughout our local community. You'll enjoy samples of each soup, vote for whom you think should earn the People's Choice Award, and see our panel of judges deliberate and determine who has the best overall, best vegetarian, and most creative chilis. 

Between chilis, cool your palate with cinnamon roll from Two Sticks and ice cream from Chocolate Moose. 

Thank you to our sponsors: Baugh Fine Printing and Marketing, Two Sticks, and Chocolate Moose.


Additional thanks to our panel of judges: Dan Taylor, core volunteer with Farm to Family Fund; Jordan Davis, creative mind behind the No Dishes podcast and Director of Operations at Chocolate Moose; and Chef Lee Rosser, Owner and Chef at Chef Lee - In Your Home.


Tickets are $15 and include portions of each of the up to 24 chilis, complementary crackers, water, and tea. Tickets are currently available at the door.

Can't attend but want to support? Consider buying sponsored tickets. Purchase tickets that we can give away to community members in the pantry, to remove barriers to accessing this fun community event.

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Interested in being a chef?

Think you have the best chili in town? Have a recipe that's a hit at your family gatherings or a fresh take on chili that you want to share? Be one of our chili chefs! Details can be found in the chef registration form. Sign up with the print registration form and drop it in the mail or bring it by the Hub, or sign up with our online chef registration form. Register by Jan. 8.

Chefs will: 

  • read and agree to follow the Chilly Cook-Off Guidelines and Food Safety Guidelines (sent via email),

  • be available for setup from 2:30 to 4 pm the day of the event, 

  • prepare 3 gallons of chili using their own selected recipe and ingredients, and

  • bring chili to event fully heated in crock pots or other warming containers.

There is space for up to 24 chefs; chefs who reach out after the lineup is full will be added to a waitlist.

Interested in sponsoring this event?

Join in the community of Freezefest, support an evening of family-friendly fun, and invest in local food security and community-focused programming as one of our event sponsors. See sponsorship benefits and details on our sponsorship form. To ensure you are featured on printed promotional materials, drop off or mail it so it can arrive at the Hub (1100 W. Allen St. Bloomington, IN 47403) by Jan. 3. To learn more, contact Megan at or by phone at (812) 355-6843.

Interested in volunteering and receiving free entry to the event?

Show your support for the Hub and gain free entry to the Cook-Off by volunteering! We need volunteer support throughout the event, with opportunities ranging from 2 to 8 pm. Tasks include: helping with merchandise/ticket tables, supporting chefs, and supporting our supply and drink stations. Email Megan at or by phone at (812) 355-6843.

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