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.

2020 Participants:

Food Dance

Market on Michigan Ave.

Nature Connection (V)


Spirit of Kalamazoo with PJW Cajun/Creole Cuisine (Vt)

Fuze Kitchen & Bar (V)

Artisan Sandwich Co. with New Craft Cabinetry

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Heritage Architectural Salvage & Supply

Webster's Prime

PFC Natural Grocery & Deli (V)

The Morning Dish

Final Gravity Brewing

Grand Traverse Distillery

Louie's Trophy House & Grill

Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Vt)

Green Door Distilling

Radisson Catering

Saugatuck Brewing Co.

Cherri's Chocol'art

Colors & Cocktails: The Mobile Art Party

Green Top Tavern

Bell's Eccentric Cafe

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant

Harvey's on the Mall

Pop City Popcorn

Tempo Vino Winery (V)

Rugger's Up & Under

Taco Bob's

Morrison Jewelers w/ Kalamazoo Pit Posse

The Union Cabaret & Grille

Wine Loft

Central City Tap House

Kalamazoo Candle Company Marketplace

LFG Gaming & Bar

Old Burdick's Bar & Grill

Tibbs Brewing

Old Dog Tavern

City Centre Market & Deli

La Familia Cafe

Radiant Church

Honor Credit Union

Aardema Wood Floors

(V) = vegan

(Vt) = vegetarian

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Thanks to our 2020 Chili Cook-Off Sponsors!

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