Chili Cook Off in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico
Well it is here again. The annual Chili Cookoff which is being held at Tobolandia located at the carretera and the libremiento in Ajijic. The cost is 15 pesos for adults and 5 pesos for children. There is ample parking in the rear for 10 pesos. It runs from Friday, March 6th to Sunday March 8th from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.
This is a local event first founded by the late Morley Eager (of the Nueva Posada) some 30 years ago.
It will be a little different this year as the relationship with the International Chili Society is no more. Economic concerns have caused this three decade association with the International Chili Society to come to an end and for many competitors coming from other countries Ajijic was the highlight of their yearly touring.
However, this has created more opportunities for local participation and the rigid rules are now a little more relaxed such as being able to put beans in your chili if you so choose.
Yesterday was the Mexican Salsa competition which was open to locals and local restaurant owners.
Today at noon the animal parade enters Tobolandia.
There will live entertainment for the duration of the Chili Cookoff including The Doo Wops and vocals by Lupita Jiminez,. Sunday is a must as the very popular Noe will be performing and also harpist Javier Raygoza. Also on Sunday the dancing horses will entertain the crowd.
Over 80 assorted vendors will be on hand for a variety of purchase opportunities and as always plenty of good food and drinks abound.
This year there will be no judges and all voting will be done by the people.
The Chili Cookoff is a wonderful opportunity for Mexicans and foreigner to mix and mingle under our beautiful Mexico sun.
The web site for more information is www.mexicanchilicookoff.com
Get out to this local event and bring the kids. There is truly something for everyone and we can guarantee you will thoroughly the experience as was the intention of Morley Eager so many years ago.