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Chili Cook-Off Photos

Sunday October 26th, 2014 • 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Old Settlers Park • Round Rock, Texas

Benefiting the Texas Humane Legislation Network


History of the LSVN Chili Cook-Off

In Memory of Shirley Wilkes-Johnson




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Liz Bruns 
Lone Star Vegetarian Network

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Lakeside Pavilion at Old Settlers Park
Harrell Parkway, Round Rock, Texas

Park Entrances at 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd. and 4125 E. Old Settlers Blvd.

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Driving Directions:
Assuming you're using I-35 to get to Round Rock, take exit 252B to get to Palm Valley Blvd. Head east for 3.4 miles, passing Grimes Blvd, until you reach Harrell Parkway on your left. Make this turn, and you'll pass by the Dell Diamond on your right. Take this road for 1.1 miles, over a low-water crossing, and then up a hill and around some curves, until you get to the parking area for the Lakeview Pavilion on the right. If, when you arrive, you find the parking area is full, you'll find another parking area about 800 feet further up the road.
Chili Tasting Prices:
Adults (13 and up): $10 - Children 6-12 years: $7 - 5 and under: free!
$8 for seniors, veterans, and college students (with ID)

Produced by Lone Star Vegetarian Network

The Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off began as an annual event in 1989, when four vegetarian societies from across the state of Texas joined to form the Lone Star Vegetarian Network. In the years since, the cook-off has been held in multiple locations all across the state, including West Columbia, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, El Paso, South Padre Island, Fort Worth, and for a run of several years in Austin. This year's event will benefit the Texas Humane Legislation Network, the voice for animals in the Texas Legislature. The Cook-Off is returning to the site of the 2011 cook-off, at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

The goals of the Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off are first, to have fun and entertain everyone, and second to show everybody by example that "regular" foods can be just as tasty when they're prepared vegetarian. Vegetarian food can come in very familiar and very delicious forms, and the classic Tex-Mex tradition of chili is a perfect example.

Every year hundreds of people come to taste the chilis prepared by around twenty different teams from all over the state of Texas. These chilis are all completely vegan, no animal products used in their preparation whatsoever. In addition to the competing chili teams, there are many informational and educational booths, products and services offered by local vendors, a silent auction, and live music and entertainment. People who pay to taste the chilis will move from team to team, tasting and judging the chilis for themselves to determine the People's Choice award, while a group of judges decide the three winners of Best Chili, as well as Best in Show (Best Booth).

The cook-off is open to the public. If you want to taste the chilis being prepared for competition, the price is only $10 for adults (13 years and older), $7 for children 6-12 years (free for children 5 and younger!), and $8 for seniors, veterans, and college students (with ID). You get to taste all the vegan chilis and vote for your favorite. If you're interested in competing as a chili cook-off team, or if you're a vendor or organization interested in setting up a booth, please check the "Contestant" and "Exhibitor" links on the left for the information and forms you need.

The Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off has been messin’ with this Texas tradition for 26 years now, keeping chili weird, but also vegan and delicious. Mark your calendar and plan to catch the fun.