Lenexa Chili Challenge - Lenexa, Kansas
The 30th Annual Lenexa Chili Challenge will be held Friday & Saturday, October 14-15, 2016 in Lenexa's Old Town. Several streets near the intersection of Pflumm and Santa Fe Trail Drive will be blocked off and there will be booths with around 200 teams competing for best chili, salsa and hot wings. Friday night is mainly a party, with live music on a stage, music at many team's booths and fireworks. For the most part, samples are not given out on Friday, but a few teams will take pity on you and there will be some food & drink for sale.
Saturday is the big opportunity to sample lots of different dishes! You are given a plastic spoon as you enter the event space and many of the contestants offer small samples of their competition chili, salsa and wings. The Challenge includes a Kids Kornbread Contest (12 and under) and some booths will offer cornbread samples. With so many teams, it doesn't take long to be totally full.
There is no charge for attending the Chili Challenge or for the samples. Most booths have tip buckets, with the money in 2014 ($4,266.95) going to Juvenile Diabetes.
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