Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cook-Off set for Saturday
BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Scene Writer
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
10/24/12 at 2:34 AM
Some of the best chili in the world will be served up Saturday at the fourth-annual Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cook-Off.
The reigning International Chili Society world champion and at least three former world champions will be competing to see who represents Oklahoma at the next ICS World Championship Chili Cook-Off.
Bob Hall and his Chef Boy-R-Bob Chili team from Taylorville, Ill., will be making a third appearance at the Owasso event. He was crowned World Champion for red chili at the ICS championship cook-off earlier this month at Charleston, W.Va.
And Owasso's chili cook-off goes truly international this year with Richard Chauvin from Windsor, Ontario, who will be cooking his South of the Border chili.
Owasso's Mike Mayenschein with his 2nd Wind Chili team will be defending his Oklahoma championship win here last year. Mayenschein finished in the top 25 of world cooks at the ICS championship cook-off.
Other former World Championship chili cooks coming to compete at Rayola Park on Saturday include Wes Carlson (2004) for chili verde, Jim Weller (2000) for red chili, Georgia Weller (1995) for red chili and Joe and Shirley Stewart (1979) for red chili.
Also returning to compete will be 2010 Oklahoma red chili champion Don Eastep from Harrison, Ark., and 2011 Oklahoma salsa champion Baja Bob Alexander of Tulsa.
New this year is the Pick 3 People's Choice BBQ competition. Competitors choose from six barbecue offerings and let those with tasting kits sample three. The choices are beef, pork, chicken wings, beans, bologna and sausage.
Tasting kits cost $3 for People's Choice chili/salsa, $3 for barbecue and a combo kit for $5. Proceeds go to the Owasso High School FFA.
The Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cook-Off is presented by the Owasso Sertoma Club and is supported by a number of community businesses and organizations.
Other activities at the Owasso Harvest Festival include inflatables, a climbing wall, trackless train, face painting, YMCA kids game tent, emergency vehicle displays, free corn-on-the-cob from Freedom Church, pony rides, costume contest, cutest Chili Dog contest at the VCA booth, vendors and crafters plus fun fair-type food and drinks.
A costume contest for kids sponsored by Tippi Toes Dance will be held on the main chili stage at 2:30 p.m. with registration at the Tippi Toes booth. Live entertainment throughout the day on the main stage is being presented by Foyil Music Studio, Owasso. Free corn-on-the-cob will be handed out as long as it lasts by Freedom Church.
Admission and parking are free. Signs will direct spectators to the festival venues.
This year the annual Owasso Animal Control/SPCA BARKtoberfest will be held with the festival. Local veterinarians volunteer their time for discounted vaccinations and microchip implants. Rescue groups will have adoptable dogs at the site looking for a loving home.
For more information, go to tulsaworld.com/owassochili or the city's website at tulsaworld.com/cityowasso
OWASSO HARVEST FESTIVAL CHILI COOK-OFF
Where: Rayola Park, west of U.S.
169, between 76th Street North
and 86th Street North
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $3 chili/salsa tasting kits,
$3 for barbecue and a combo kit
Original Print Headline: Chefs ready to win chili crown
Nicole Marshall Middleton 918-581-8459
The Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cook-Off will feature four decades of championship chefs. CHRISTOPHER SMITH / Tulsa World file