CUTLER BAY, FL—The Town of Cutler Bay celebrated its 11th Annual Chili Day on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Cutler Ridge Park. As one of the Town’s largest event that kicks off the new year, this year’s Chili Day brought in over 3,000 attendees. 26 teams competed in the cook-off, including four firehouses and three restaurants.
Chefs arrived at the park as early as 8 a.m. Saturday morning to begin prepping and cooking. In addition to bragging rights, the teams competed for cash prizes and trophies in the following five categories: Chili, Salsa, Cornbread, People’s Choice and Best Decorated Booth. For the People’s Choice categories, event attendees were invited to sample chili and salsa and vote for their favorite team via text messaging.
While the People’s Choice votes were occurring outside, inside the park’s recreation building there was private judging for the other categories. A panel composed of seven judges from various professions and backgrounds scored the samples based on the following criteria: aroma, color, consistency, taste, and aftertaste.
Mayor Tim Meerbott and Council Members BJ Duncan, Michael Callahan and Roger Coriat were all in attendance at the event and took to the stage to announce the event winners, which were as follows:
- 1st Place: Great Bowls of Fire
- 2nd Place: Eagle Nation
- 3rd Place: Traveling Tailgaters
- Best Restaurant Chili: Pig Floyd
- Best Firehouse Chili: Station 49 Miami Dade Fire
- 1st Place: Cutler Bay’s Station 34 Miami Dade Fire
- 2nd Place: Team 305
- 3rd Place: Comfy Homes
- Best Restaurant Salsa: Pig Floyd
- 1st Place: Flava Unit
- 2nd Place: Team 305
- 3rd Place: Cutler Rican Cornbread
- People’s Choice:
- People’s Choice Chili: Hialeah Fire Department Local 1102
- People’s Choice Chili Runner up: Hillbilly Chili – Team Pink Pig
- People’s Choice Salsa: Comfy Homes
- Best Decorated Booth: Miccosukee
One of Cutler Bay’s favorite local bands, Cutler Stew, rocked the day away, powered by Cutler Bay Solar Solutions. In addition to the complimentary tasting of chili, salsa and cornbread, event entertainment and features also included: a bounce house, a corn maze challenge, face painters for kids, a video game bus and balloon twisting and various food trucks.
Through the support of the event sponsors, the 11th Annual Chili Day proved to be a success again. The Town thanks all of the sponsors for their support: Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay (Presenting Sponsors), Barnard Law offices, Southland Mall, TD Bank, Cutler Bay Solar Solutions, Best Buy Liquors Cutler Bay and Cutler Bay Carts.
For additional information regarding upcoming Special Events please visit the Town’s website at www.cutlerbay-fl.gov or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (786) 573-5502.