October 2nd, 2004
Cable Car Square
10am - 5:00pm

Schedule of Events...

  • 1:00 Public Tasting
    ($2.00 Tasters Cup)

  • 11-Noon Dubuque Rythem Cloggers,

  • Noon-2p.m. Music from Elite Entertainment.

  • 2-5p.m. Live Music by zydeco favorites, "We're Late and Smell Like Beer."

On the First Saturday of October, the air is crisp, you can see your breath and the color is radiant on the bluffs near Cable Car Square. The shops are vibrant with anticipation of the Tri States Largest Chili Cookoff.

This aspiring event started in 1992 as a CASI, (Chili Association Society International) sanctioned competetive event. As you stroll the street many cooks will decorate their booths with themes, cooks performing, singing, dancing, competing for showmanship. Cooks can also enter Open, Business, and Salsa Entries.

For one hour, or until the pots are empty, the public samples a taste of the best tasting Chili in the Tri State area. Proceeds benefit a nonprofit organization.

Each year the event has grown, now including a variety of great food vendors, beverages from the Dubuque Jaycees, and a wealth of entertainment options.

Our Sponsors have been generous to help provide forms of media, live entertainment, and our Kids Korner full of games and prizes.

Click here for photos of
last year's Chili Cook-Off!

Main sponsors are: Diamond Jo Casino, Prudential Financial, KATFM, and Cable Car Square Association. More Chili Cookoff Sponsors are: Burger King, Dubuque365.com, Dubuque Jaycees, Dubuque Main Street Ltd., Eagle Country Market, Esser Print Center, KDTH, KGRR, and KWWL7.

Proceeds benefit the Americas River Project. Come hungry, join in the festivities in our beautiful historic downtown Cable Car Square area.

The Competition...


CLICK HERE to download an entry form
with divisions and rules listed.

CLICK HERE to download an entry form only.

CLICK HERE to download the health requirements



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