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JUL-AUG 2017

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Courtesy Chicago Cultural Alliance 2 4 T 2 0 1 7 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E C H I L I T H R OW- D O W N S Fall brings out the competitive spirit in home cooks across the country, who travel great distances and go to great lengths to win chili cook-off compe- titions. As the weather begins to turn cool, groups can enjoy some of the world's best chilis, as well as festive environments, by visiting some of the top chili festivals and competitions around the country. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI COOKOFF: The International Chili Society hosts the godfather of all chili competitions each October, moving the event to cities and towns in various parts of the United States. Hundreds of competitors and thousands of guests come to celebrate traditional red, green and salsa varieties that make up America's rich chili tradition, with the top prize in each category worth $25,000. CONNECTICUT STATE CHILI COOKOFF: Travelers may venture to New England more for foliage than for f lavor, but groups in the area during October should make plans to attend this one-day event in New Haven, Connecticut. Guests taste anywhere from 25 to 30 chilis in three categories — red, green and salsa — and vote for a People's Choice winner. Professional judges also pick a winner to send to the world championship. SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK CHILI COOK- OFF: Travelers won't find the colors of autumn along the Pacific Coast in Santa Cruz, California, but groups in the area during late October can still get a traditional fall experience by visiting this beach- front festival. The competition attracts amateur chili enthusiasts and professional chefs alike, who com- pete to make the best chili con carne and vegetarian chilis. Prizes also go to the entries judges deem most creative. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI COOKOFF Courtesy World Championship Chili Cookoff By Ed Smith, courtesy Oktoberfest by the Bay Courtesy Oktoberfest Zinzinnati OKTOBERFEST BY THE BAY IN SAN FRANCISCO TRADITIONAL GERMAN PRETZELS AT OKTOBERFEST ZINZINNATI

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