How to Start a Cookoff

The International Chili Society is very proud to say that we sanction over 200 cookoffs a year throughout the World and have helped raise over 86 million dollars for charities and non-profit organizations.

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If you are interested in holding an event we will provide you with the necessary information, sanctioning application, forms, banners, supplies and administrative help. The forms may only be used for Sanctioned cookoffs as we hold the copyright on all our rules and regulations and any unauthorized use would constitute an infringement. When you have read all the materials, and have selected a date, please call our office to confirm that the date is open, complete the official application form and return it to our office for review and approval.

Your event would be sanctioned, as determined by the ICS, as either a District, State or Regional Championship. The winner of one District Cookoff will qualify for the Last Chance Cookoff with no entry fee. If they win two Districts they will qualify for the World's Championship. The winners from all State and Regional Cookoffs will represent that State or Region at the World's Championship Chili Cookoff.

For all qualifying Cookoffs, the ICS charges a $350 sanctioning fee per cookoff. A deposit of $50 (non-refundable) is payable at the time the application is submitted for approval. This will hold the date requested and get it posted on the website. The remainder must be paid no later than two weeks prior to the cookoff. All contestants must be ICS members as of the date of your event. They may join through your event or directly with the ICS office. The membership fee is $50.00 per year.

Beer Companies and Micro-Breweries have proven to be a major source of sponsorship for chili cookoffs. We have no restrictions regarding what beer company sponsors your event. It is up to you to negotiate your own beer deal. This is done, in most cases, with local distributors. If any beer company or micro-brewery promotes or advertises (banners, posters, media, print, etc) at any sanctioned event a $250 advertising fee must be paid to the ICS.

Chili cookoffs have become major events in the United States and several foreign countries, thanks to the efforts of all Cookoff Chairpersons. The camaraderie, fun and most of all contributions made to charities and non-profit organizations, is something we can all be proud to be a part of.

If you're ready to hold a cookoff, give us a call, e-mail us or click here. We'll get a package of information off to you immediately.

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