The smell of cumin, beef and beans will waft through Plaza Midwood and surrounding Charlotte, N.C., neighborhoods as the 8th Annual Plaza Midwood-Chantilly Chili Cook-Off gets underway on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The outdoor day-long event, held at the MMR Racing Parking lot off Central Avenue, will feature a chili competition for both amateurs and restaurant chefs, live music from local bands, a raffle and a motorcycle show.

Chili cook-off contestants will vie for trophies in three categories: Red chili, Green chili, and Taster’s Choice, which will be judged by the public.

Local bands performing are:

  • Belmont Playboys
  • Wiggle Wagons
  • Modern Primitives
  • Buck Mountain Stranglers
  • Haywire
  • Ryan Bach Band
  • The Loose Lugnuts

Tickets to attend the event cost $10 for adults and children 6 years old and up, and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will go to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.

Gates open at noon. Get there early to taste all the chili before it’s gone (and don’t forget your Pepto and Tums).

Four-legged friends on leashes are welcome.

For more information, visit the Plaza Midwood-Chantilly Chili Cook-Off site:

MMR Racing Parking Lot
1318-D Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205

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