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2nd Annual Gulfport Artsy Phartsy Chili Cook Off & Salsa Showoff
March 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm$5 - $12
Gulfport is described in many ways, including “Artsy Phartsy.” So it’s only natural that its home grown spicy food fest would be dubbed the Gulfport Artsy Phartsy Chili Cook Off & Salsa Showoff. Home cooks and local restaurant chefs are lining up to compete for the second year in the Historic Gulfport Casino on Sunday, March 19 from 4 – 7 pm.
Just like so many other things in Gulfport, it’s all about the art. So contestants are urged to give their chili and salsa creative names and decorate their tables to match. There’s extra credit for creative table décor, plus a big dash of Gulfportian fun will help contestants garner votes for the People’s Choice Award.
A panel of three celebrities including Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson will pick the Best Chili and Best Salsa in blind judging. Winners get bragging rights, $100 cash and a medal. People’s Choice votes are for sale for $1 each and the day’s tally is split 50/50 between the winner and the cook off charity, local non-profit Limbo Chihuahuas & Chihuahua Mix Rescue. There’s no limit to how many votes can be purchased – to support a favorite contestant or the Cook Off charity.
Entertainment will be provided by Gulfport’s Urban Gypsies of Florida, who are known for their high energy mix of tribal, gypsy, disco and bluegrass music. A half-time Latin dance show will be provided by Salsa Rivera. Gulfport artists are invited to set up at the event. Artist space is limited. Please call for details: 727-289-9365.
Contestants are asked to register early since space is limited to only 25 entries. Early registration is $25 per entry until March 10, 2017 ($35 after March 10, 2017). First to sign up this year is a relative newcomer to the Gulfport restaurant arena, The Gulfport Comfort Café.
This will be a hot, hot, hot — fun, fun, fun event that is all family friendly. Admission includes
all the championship chili and savory salsa you can eat until it runs out! General admission tickets at the door will be $10 for adults (age 12 & up) and $5 for kids.
Tickets are available online at www.GulfportChiliCookoff.com, at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Boulevard South, and the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Boulevard South. Entry forms are also available at the Casino.
For information, call 727-289-9365 or visit the official website at GulfportChiliCookoff.com.