COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 23, 2017) – This Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Five Points Association (FPA) welcomed thousands of people into Columbia's original village neighborhood for the 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points. Patrons were given have the chance to watch teams battle it out to see who has the best chili in Columbia.
The winning teams received custom, locally made trophies by Stuyck & Company and were determined by a panel of 10 judges. The judging panel consisted of local influential people such as City Councilman Howard Duvall, Chief Aubrey Jenkins with the Columbia Fire Department, Free Times Editor Eva Moore, The Gourmet Shop owner Dennis Hiltner, Flock & Rally partner Tracie Broom, and more.
2017 CHILI COOK-OFF WINNERS:
Best Overall Chili, 1st place -- The Big Bad Moores
Best Overall Chili, 2nd place -- Wolfe & Taylor "Shut the Front Door" Chili
Best Overall Chili, 3rd place -- Nuclear Meltdown Jeff's Texas Tornado Red Chili
Best Set-Up -- Columbia Firefighters "Jobtown"
Best Bar / Restaurant -- Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli
Best Traditional -- Bottles Beverage Superstore
Best Non-Traditional -- Columbia Firefighters "Jobtown"
Best Texas Style -- Courtyard Columbia Cayce
The Chili Cook-Off is a charitable fundraiser and has raised thousands of dollars over the event's history for local non-profits. The Taneyhill's Group Therapy Silver Spoon Award is given to the chef team that collects the most donations and this year's winner was Columbia Firefighters "Jobtown". This year's charities were Happy Wheels and Venture Crew and a check presentation press conference will be announced soon.
Photos from the event by official festival photographer, Bifocal Photography, can be found on Five Points' Facebook page (facebook.com/FivePointsSC).
The 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points would not be possible without support from: KW Beverage, Shock Top, Bottles Beverage Superstore, South Carolina Education Lottery, Station at Five Points, Amazon, Wolfe & Taylor Realtors, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Taneyhill’s Group Therapy, Courtyard Columbia Cayce, Checker Yellow, Next Home Specialists, Jake’s on Devine, WXRY, Free Times, Office Depot, Stuyck Company, the City of Columbia, and Experience Columbia SC.
About Five Points:
Five Points has served as downtown Columbia, S.C.’s original village neighborhood for shopping, dining, entertainment and personal services since 1915. Extending from the intersection of Santee Avenue, Harden and Devine Streets to the surrounding residential neighborhoods and USC, Five Points encompasses nearly 150 businesses, many of which are locally, independently owned. Five Points celebrated its Centennial throughout 2015 and has since kicked off the start of the next 100 years with fresh community events, public art initiatives and district enhancements.
About the Five Points Association:
The Five Points Association is a non-profit organization whose principle task is ensuring that Five Points stays an integral and important part of the city of Columbia. The association has accomplished and endured many major infrastructure, development and beautification projects over the years. The association hosts annual events that continue to grow with each year and entertain thousands of people within the city of Columbia, as well as the state of South Carolina.
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