January 25, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Kalamazoo Chili Cook-Off 2020

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The Event:

It's our 15th anniversary!!!

Downtown Kalamazoo's Annual Chili Cook-Off is a free, community event and is how we've stayed warm on a cold Saturday in January for the past 15 years. It’s our tradition to explore downtown, sampling chili recipes, and visiting new and familiar stores and restaurants. And, don't miss The Holly Jolly Chili Trolleys, transporting chili tasters all over downtown so you don't miss a single one!  

Also, back by popular demand, commemorative tasting spoons! Pick yours up for only $5 at your starting lines, Consumers Credit Union on the Mall and the Radisson Hotel.  Here is where you'll begin your quest to find the best chili of the year.  You can also get a Chili passport with a map, a Chili Bingo Card and more to help guide you through the many chili stops with a chance to win a limited edition Chili t-shirt!


Chili sampling is available while the chili lasts. Stop at any one of these businesses and enjoy a sampling of some of the best and most unique chili around. Some sites offer vegan and vegetarian options, just check the listing on your Chili Bingo Card! Then, vote for your favorite, and check us out on Facebook or Instagram to see who wins!

Kalamazoo Chili Cook-Off is a Downtown Kalamazoo Retail and Restaurant Association (DKRRA) event that is put on by a volunteer committee, dedicated to the growth and success of our downtown community. Along with a growing list of amazing sponsors, the DKRRA works to continually grow and improve this event each year.

Last Year's Participants:

Food Dance

Down Dog Yoga Center with Organic Gypsy (V, GF)

Mangia Kitchen & Bar

Nature Connection (V)


Water Street Coffee Joint (Vt)

Spirit of Kalamazoo with PJW Cajun/Creole Cuisine

Fuze Kitchen & Bar (V)

Artisan Sandwich Co. with New Craft Cabinetry

Aardema Wood Floors

Kalamazoo Valley Museum (V)

Heritage Architectural Salvage & Supply

Webster's Prime

PFC Natural Grocery & Deli

600 Kitchen & Bar

Burdick's for Breakfast

Final Gravity Brewing

Grand Traverse Distillery

Louie's Trophy House & Grill

Kalamazoo Valley Culinary School

(V) = vegan

(Vt) = vegetarian

(GF) = gluten-free

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Bell's Eccentric Cafe

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant

Harvey's on the Mall

Pop City Popcorn

Tempo Vino Winery (Vt)

Rugger's Up & Under

MLive with Weller BBQ

The Station Dancewear & Studios

Taco Bob's

Morrison Jewelers w/ Kalamazoo Pit Posse

The Union Cabaret & Grille

Wine Loft

Central City Tap House

Kalamazoo Candle Company Marketplace

Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership

Rose Gold Coffee Company (V)

Arcadia Ales

LFG Gaming & Bar

Old Burdick's Bar & Grill

Tibbs Brewing

Proud Partner of

Thanks to our 2019 Chili Cook-Off Sponsors!

Thanks to these partners of our downtown businesses!

Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week

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Downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan - info@dkrra.org - 269-344-0795