Palo Alto’s annual “ Chili Cook OFF and Summer Festival” will take place at Mitchell Park on 600 E. Meadow Drive from noon to 5 p.m. and chili tasting, which is open to the public, begins at 1:30 p.m.
This year there is a new booth, representing the Barron Park Association. Barron Park resident Mark Van Zanten has accepted the challenge and has created a new vegetarian chili that will impress the judges, and delight all those who get a taste.
The Barron Park Association’s Chill Out booth will not only have chili, but also a photo booth, music, a hula hoop contest and BPA sign up.
The Chili Cook Off and Summer Festival is a great family event with lots to offer: live music, children’s activities including bounce houses, balloon artist, face painting, food vendors and more. Admission is free. Chili tasting kits will be sold for a nominal fee.
The judges will decide on the awarding of over $2,000 in cash & prizes to the chili division winners and overall winner as well as for Best Booth and Best Spirit. The Public will vote on the People’s Choice Winner, and we need your help!
Come have fun in the sun! We need volunteers, if you are interested in helping please email firstname.lastname@example.org Mark needs volunteers, a small quiet generator and a few coolers.
We look forward to seeing you on the 4th!
Meet the Chef:
the Chili Chef , Mark Van Zanten
Mark Van Zanten has lived in Barron Park for a number of years and has been cooking for even longer. He is always looking for a new recipe, and has come up with one that will chill the crowd down on the 4th. Come visit the booth and see for yourself!