Eight competitors entered, but only one was crowned the winner.

Last Saturday, Oct. 1, I had the pleasure of joining Arvis Dawson, former executive assistant to the mayor of Elkhart, and Adam Bujalski, an Elkhart at-large councilman, as a judge for the Pillars of Elkhart Chili Cook-off.

Eight different chilis were cooking away on Oct. 1 during the Pillars of Elkhart Oktoberfest chili cook-off. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)
Eight different chilis were cooking away on Oct. 1 during the Pillars of Elkhart Oktoberfest chili cook-off. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)

Judging tested our noses, taste buds and our heat tolerance, and Bacon Hill Kitchen and Pub was ultimately declared the winner of the competition.

The winner was chosen by point totals on aroma, color, consistency, taste and aftertaste via blind taste testing.

Eight different chilis were cooking away on Oct. 1 during the Pillars of Elkhart Oktoberfest chili cook-off. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)
Eight different chilis were cooking away on Oct. 1 during the Pillars of Elkhart Oktoberfest chili cook-off. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)

The crowd at Oktoberfest agreed and named Bacon Hill the people’s choice winner as well, according to Bernie Haskins, a member of Pillars and a coordinator for the event.

New Paradigm Brewing Company’s chili came in second and the Elkhart Fire Department’s chili came in third.

Bacon Hill was also voted the best decorated, with Miles Lab second and Sergio’s Cafe third.

 

Competitors for the event included:

Rain showers came through early in the day, but cleared out in time for folks to enjoy the events of the day.

Events included sack races, pumpkin painting, a bouncehouse, a cornhole tournament and live music performed by MR Z. Not to mention, there was plenty of chili, beer and hot dogs from Hotdogeddy’s to go around.

Here’s to next year. Prost!

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