2017 Chili Cook-Off

Palmyra Area ChiliFest, Chili Cook-Off


WHEN:  Saturday, September 23, 2017  2-5 pm

  • Food, featuring house chili and a variety of contestant chilis for our Chili Cook-Off, walking tacos, hot dogs, corn dogs and much more
  • Games for the kids
  • Chili Cook-Off with prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners along the People's Choice Winner. 

WHERE:  Gravel Hill UMC Back Parking Lot

Tentative SCHEDULE

  • 2:00 pm:   ChiliFest Opens to the Public with a Welcome from Susan Shapiro.  People's Choice voting begins.  Participants must purchase tasting spoon in order to vote.  $6.00 gets one spoon plus 10 voting tickets.  $2.00 for additional 5 voting tickets. 
  • 3:00 pm:  Preliminary Judging begins.  See our list of guest Judges below.
  • 3:45 pm:  Finals Judging begins.   See our list of guest Judges below.
  • 4:15 pm:  Babe's Grille House Hot Pepper Eating Contest begins.  Participants MUST sign-up ahead of time at Welcome Table AND sign a waiver.
  • 4:15 pm:  Finals Judging concludes.  Results tabulated.
  • 4:30 pm:  Hot Pepper winner announced.
  • 4:45 pm:  People's Choice Voting ends.  Votes are tabulated.  Judges' 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners announced.  Trophies and prizes presented by Susan Shapiro.
  • 4:55 pm:  People's Choice winner revealed by Susan Shapiro.  2016 PC winner passes the trophy to the 2017 winner.
  • 5:00 pm:  Closing remarks.

HOW:   If you want to enter the Chili Cook-Off, click on Registrations to print out a form.  Fill it out and send to:

Gravel Hill UMC

ATTN:  Tony Rose

131 Gravel Hill Road

Palmyra, PA  17078

NEW THIS YEAR:   Registration is FREE for all forms returned by August 15, 2017.  Any cooks returning registrations after August 15th will be charged a $10 late registration fee.  Checks can be made out to Palm Lutheran with "Chili Cook-off" in the MEMO line.  REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18. 

Preliminary Judges: 

  • Fred Carpenter, Mayor of Palmyra
  • Traci Unal, Northwest Savings
  • Todd Knol, High School Math Teacher at Palmyra Area School District
  • Brad Martin, owner of Palmyra's UPS Store
  • Joe Gambino, owner of Fabio and Joe's in Grantville

Finals Judges:

  • Dave Deimler, owner of Babe's Grille House
  • Jim Woltman, head chef of The Mill
  • JeNele Turner, Lisa's Cafe


Proceeds from the event will benefit local youth ministries.


Want to be a sponsor?  Print out and send in Sponsor Form.  Local Businesses supporting the 2017 Chili Cook-Off:


WGAL, gravel hill umc, palmyra area chilifest, chili cook-off Media Sponsor and Live Emcee & Broadcast with Susan Shapiro!


   landisdale farms, chilifest, chili cook-off          berks, palmyra area chilifest, chili cook-off

  Providing the House Chili Ground Beef                  Providing Hot Dogs

   lisa's cafe, chilifest, chili coook-off

Web Media                                        Providing Chili Tasting Products


fabio's,  palmyra area chilifest, chili cook-off, gravel hill umc              laudermilch meats, chili cook-off, palmyra area chilifest, gravel hill umc


tents and events, palmyra area chilifest, chili cook-off, gravel hill umc


 Providing Stanchions for the Event

eagle rental, gravel hill umc, palmyra area chilifest, chili cook-off

Providing Portable Generator for Cooks



babe's grille house, gravel hill umc, palmyra area chilifest, chili cook-off                     

Providing the Hot Peppers!