Chili Cookers Wanted

Douglasville, Georgia – The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/Douglas County is pleased to announce the 22nd annual Chili Cook Off in downtown Douglasville at O’Neal Plaza on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 from 6 until 9 pm.  Last year more than 3,000 people joined in this festive evening of good food, fun, and entertainment as many local Douglasville celebrities presented the community with different flavors of chili.  In 2017 many local businesses participated including Southern State Insurance, BB&T Bank, Gold’s Gym, Share House, Visiting Angels, all vying for the title of the best chili in Douglasville.  Organizations, businesses, and individuals who want to cook chili in the Halloween-themed event should contact the Cultural Arts Council 770-949-ARTS (2787) or

The fee as a chili cooker is $100 for a booth. The deadline is October 2, 2018.  Chili cookers can also register and pay online through the CAC website,  Booths will only be assigned by first come first serve basis and when the full fee has been paid.

Last year the “Most Sold” winner was Ark Restoration selling more than 15 gallons of chili! There will also be awards for the “Best Tasting” chili, last year won by Vine Café & Market, “Spiciest Chili” went to Infused Bath and Body, and the “Best Presentation” for the most creatively decorated booth was also won last year by Ark Restoration. The most sold winner for 2018 will be notified by phone and announced in our local newspapers, along with the other winners in the week after the Chili Cook Off. The 2018 tasting judges consist of Rose Genter (Junior Top Chef Winner), Carlos Underwood from City of Douglasville, and Chef Scott Lamphere from Gordon Food Services. Our “Best Presentation” judge will be Patrice Williams from the City of Douglasville.

Proceeds from Chili Cook Off benefits exhibits and classes at the Cultural Arts Council, educational programs in the schools, and the CAC’s “Family ARTSVentures!” artists in the schools and in the community performing series. Plans for the Chili Cook Off are to have great weather, lots of chili eaters, and great fun again this year!

The Cultural Arts Center is located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, located about 20 miles from Atlanta and just off I-20 (Exit 36).  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm  For more information, please call 770/949-2787 or visit our website —