Chili Cook-Off

Join us for this delicious event at the Happy Days Festival and flaunt your cooking skills for the community to enjoy.


The Chili Cook-Off will occur from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 9. Up to 20 Ramsey residents can submit their most beloved chili recipe for the community to sample. Taste testers can sample each chili recipe for only $5 and vote for their favorite. First and second-place winners will receive a cash prize. In addition to the remaining funds going to a local non-profit organization in Ramsey!

2023 Chili Cook-Off Winners

First Place

Michael Flaherty

Second Place

Andy Pust

Third Place

Danniell Hoheisel

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Photos by Kelly Dahl, Parkplace Studio


  • Contestants are allowed to make any base of chili. 
  • Chili should be made in a 6-quart slow-cooker ONLY - we don't want anyone running out of chili to serve, all while others still give out samples. This makes your chances of winning less likely!
  • Chili makers are REQUIRED to bring their own extension cord. Will supply outlets and power.
  • Registrants are responsible for transportation and food safety practices.
  • Anoka County requires all chili that is not made in a commercial kitchen to be labeled.
  • Labels must include the maker's name and address in which the chili was prepared.
  • Samples are available only as supplies last.

*A covered tent, tablecloths, paper products, silverware, napkins, and power will be supplied for this event.