Chili Cook Off will spice things up on campus April 21st

Event will feature 25 to 30 chilis, live music and raise funds for Defending the Blue Line

In its sixth year, the Lions Club Chili Cook Off will once again spice up the Dakota County Technical College campus. Featuring more than 20 chilis, the event offers students, faculty and staff the opportunity to try a variety of chilis, listen to live music and crown a winner.

“The Chili Cook Off imbues an atmosphere of fun competition and builds a campus connection,” said Brett Kolles, DCTC Lions Club advisor.

Last year, Mathew Moylan and the Lancer team took home the top prize with their “Tres Diablos” or three devils recipe. The Lancer team hopes to defend their title on April 21st.

Contestants can get creative with their chili recipes. Kolles said in the past recipes have featured turkey, chicken, beef, vegetarian, fish, buffalo and every combination of additional ingredients people can think of.

“The only constant each year is that it is the best chili found anywhere!” said Kolles.

For $4, attendees can try all 25-30 chilis, get a slice of cornbread, and soda or bottled water. Funds raised through the event will be donated to Defending the Blue Line, a local organization that supports military families who need help covering the cost of their kids’ athletic equipment.

This event will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in the Student Life Center.  Dr. Harold Torrence will provide the live music for the event and a representative from Defending the Blue Line will be on site to answer any questions about their program.