Treat dad to a day of sampling chili. 
Treat dad to a day of sampling chili. 
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Palm Beach Chili Cook Off: A Father's Day Weekend Activity Centered on Food

If dad's the sort who loves competition and imbibing obscene amounts of food, check out the first-ever Palm Beach Chili Cook Off this Saturday at Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach. A.J. Sosa, director of operations for Off the Hookah and one of the event's organizers, said the event will have two primary chili cook-off events: the "homestyle" contest and the people's choice award.

Sosa said "weekend warriors" and a few local restaurants will compete for bragging rights in the people's choice competition. Some of the local establishments expected to participate include Roxy's, Gratify American Gastropub, and Off the Hookah, among others. The homestyle competition will include batches of chili made on-premises the day of the event with participants gunning for a $1,000 prize. 

The event -- which includes live music and other entertainment -- is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the competitive element is noon to 3 p.m. with chili samples available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Because this is a first-time event, Sosa said organizers have given away roughly 5,000 tickets to promote the cook-off and they expect an attendance of about 7,500 people. The event is rain or shine and other food vendors from area restaurants (plus a few food trucks) will be on premises. Tickets are $10 to $15, or free for children four years and younger. 

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