What is the Chili Cook-Off?
Thousand Oaks is well-known for its annual Chili Cook-Off. In fact, this is the 43rd consecutive year the event will be hosted by the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club. That is nearly half a century we have been pitting chili masters against one another! It all starts on May 5 in the legendary Conejo Creek Park. You’ll have 5 hours (12pm-5pm) to stuff your face with chili and craft beer.
Did I forget to mention the Craft Beer Festival?
The 2nd ever annual Craft Beer Festival takes place on the same grounds at the same time. This is arguably the best way to spend a Sunday. Are you concerned that 5 hours isn’t enough? Purchase a VIP pass to get an hour head start on everybody else. You may need the extra time to check out the assortment of over 40 chili tasting booths.
How could this get any better?
There are not many ways to do that. However, Thousand Oaks finds ways to do the impossible. The excellent lineup of live music only serves to enhance the already euphoric experience. You will be bobbing your head to Justin Honsinger, Highway Starr, and Cover 2 Cover. Over 15 food trucks and beverage booths will be on hand to keep you busy. Also, the Classic & Custom Car Show will be on site for any car buffs or anybody looking to break up the day with some fancy automobiles.
Where do I sign up?
You can purchase tickets at the gate. The prices are, General Admission for $20, VIP for $30, and kids 10 & under get in for FREE. $65 gets you all the fun of the Cook-Off plus exclusive admission to the Craft Brew Festival. Want the total package? The VIP/Chili/Craft Brew tickets are $85. Remember that 100% of the net proceeds go to charity if you are concerned with price. This is a great opportunity for you to help people by eating chili and drinking craft beer. You can visit www.chili-cook-off.com for more information. As for parking, on-site is $5.00 and FREE parking is available from the Conejo Creek Equestrian Center on Avenida de Las Flores. There is a free shuttle for those of you who park at the equestrian center.
Above all else, have fun and be safe. Bring a designated driver if you know you will be drinking. Also, don’t hesitate to use a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft.