Charity Chili Cook-Off is set for Sept. 23

Spices. Check. Chef hat. Check. Tasting kits. Check.

All of these are essential ingredients for Wilderness Trail Distillery’s sixth Charity Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Sept. 23. This event that featured unlimited tastings from 25 chefs last year is a great way to usher in the fall season and enjoy some great-tasting chili for a good cause.

The event, with tasting, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., continues to benefit the Danville Kiwanis Club whose mission is to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children throughout the community. The Kiwanis also serve Boyle County’s senior citizens. This fun family-friendly day features music, refreshing drinks, horse and wagon rides, children’s activities and more, creating the perfect fall event. 

The Kiwanis use the proceeds for year-round projects such as back to school supplies, gifts of new clothing, coats, shoes, and small toys for children during the holidays.  They also treat several local senior citizens with a luncheon and small gifts during the holidays. Individuals supported by the Kiwanis during this time are not served by any other groups. With the help of the Chili Cook-Off’s sponsors, the chili cooks and vendors, the Kiwanis can continue spreading some much-needed joy during the holiday season and throughout the year.

The Chili Cook-Off offers a variety of chili to taste for those attending.  After the tasting ends at 2 p.m., the votes are tallied and winners announced at about 2:30 p.m.

We have more than 20 chili teams competing this year. Come out and help select your favorite for the People’s Choice Award. Our panels of judges will select the top three finishers. Chili Teams are allowed to be creative with their tent décor during the event. All of our 2022 top finishers are competing again!

Tickets to attend the event are $10 and are offered in advance by calling 859-402-8707 or will be sold at the event. Each ticket holder gets a sample taste from each participating chili team. Ticket holders then cast their ballot for their favorite chili. 

This event would not be possible without the support of our great sponsors. Currently, they are:

Caldwell Stone
P.E. Labellers
The Advocate-Messenger newspaper
Vendome Copper & Brass Works

Doss & Horky
Kentucky Cooperage, our barrel providers through Independent Stave Co.
Sellers Manufacturing

Central Kentucky Tours
Community Trust Bank
Corning, Inc.
Devine Creations
Farmers National Bank
Innovative Handling Systems
Local Termite & Pest Control
PNC Bank
Turner Labels
Whitaker Bank

Buzick Construction
Carol’s Bridal, owned by Kiwanis member Carol Senn
InterCounty Energy Cooperative
Keystone Industrial
The Junction, event and sports venue
Walnut Springs Farms, which is owned by Kiwanis member Kathy Miles

Date: Sep 23, 2023 — Sep 23, 2023