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Five Points Association Presents 29th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 6, 2016) – On Saturday, November 12, 2016, the Five Points Association (FPA) will be hosting the 29th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points.  Patrons will have the chance to watch teams battle it out to see who has the best chili in Columbia.  The Chili Cook-Off will be from 12pm to 6pm at the intersection of Greene Street and Pavilion Avenue and is free to the public.  Starting at noon, patrons can taste and enjoy over 40 unique chili varieties with lots of fixings for a donation and experience live entertainment for the entire family.

CALLING ALL CHEFS: Anyone can sign up to compete in the Chili Cook-Off on FPA’s website, FivePointsColumbia.com.  Chilis will be tried by a panel of 10 judges and will be categorized by: Overall Best Chili, Best Vegetarian, Best Texas Chili, Best Non-Traditional, Best Bar/Restaurant.  Additional categories that chef teams may compete for are Best Set-Up and the Silver Spoon Award for most monies raised.

The Cook-Off has more to offer than chili, so patrons are encouraged to bring a real appetite for food and fun.  New for this year, a food truck rodeo will be on site for the non-chili lovers.  Live music will be played from noon to 6:30pm and children are welcome all day long in the Little Pepper’s Place for a day of family fun.  In conjunction with the Chili Cook-Off, the Five Points retailers will be offering sales and specials all day long.



  • Food Truck Rodeo – NEW THIS YEAR!

For all the non-chili eating patrons, the festival will have four regional food trucks on site with varying options.

  • Cornhole by COR  – NEW THIS YEAR!

Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) is providing additional fun for patrons of every age by hosting cornhole.  Patrons are encouraged to learn more about COR’s mission and play, at no cost all day.

  • Change Stations

Patrons are strongly encouraged to come with a handful of ones, but in case they forget we have them covered!  We will have two change stations and ATMS stretching through the cook-off, dispensing $5 bills only.

  • Little Peppers Place

Open to all ages and located off Pavilion Street in the former Rite Aid parking lot.  Patrons are encouraged to bring the whole family out to enjoy a slide, face painting, balloon twisting, bubbles, and more.

  • Music Line-up

Live music from local and regional bands will play from noon to 6pm.  The event stage will be located on Greene Street, between Carolina Pour House and Grilled Teriyaki.  Line-up coming soon!

  • Enhanced Chef Experience

a Chef Headquarters, Lazy Chef set-up packages, discounts at local grocers, and an unlimited supply of complimentary bowls and spoons for samples.Making it easier and even more enjoyable, chef teams now have increased offerings, including:

  • Official Chili Cook-Off Merchandise

Look for the “Merch” tent for this year’s long sleeve shirts and koozies.


The 29th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points would not be possible without the support from these Midlands’ businesses: KW Beverage, Shock Top, South Carolina Education Lottery, McDaniels VW Mazda, Sysco, Performance Food Group, Bottles Beverage Company, Southern Siding & Window, Grimball Cotteril, The Station of Five Points, Nexen Pruett, Checker Yellow, and the City of Columbia.


About the Five Points Association:

The Five Points Association is a non-profit organization whose principle task is ensuring that Five Points stays an integral and important part of the city of Columbia. The association has accomplished and endured many major infrastructure, development and beautification projects over the years.  The association hosts annual events that continue to grow with each year and entertain thousands of people within the city of Columbia, as well as the state of South Carolina.

For more information or to register as a chef, please visit www.FivePointsColumbia.com.

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