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15th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off

Sat, Feb 25, 2023 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sagebrush Austin
5500 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745, USA


Chili Cold Blood is proud to present the 15th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off at The Sagebrush (5500 South congress) from noon to 8:00 pm. All proceeds for the event will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) in memory of Nick Curran, an Austin-based musician who influenced countless artists and passed away from cancer on October 6, 2012.
The mission of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World," yet many professional working musicians are self-employed and rarely have access to health insurance. Without insurance, they can't afford preventive health care, including primary medical care, basic dental services and mental health counseling.
In 2012, local Austin rock 'n roller and international Blues, Rockabilly and badass sensation Nick Curran passed away from complications due to Oral Cancer. His mark on music history and his continued presence as an influence for so many musicians is why Chili Cold Blood continues to host the Cook-Off in his honor. Nick Curran played drums on Chili Cold Blood's debut album, "Rock 'n Roll Motherf*cker."
A $10 donation will be collected at the door with all proceeds going directly to HAAM. There is no entry fee for participants, but donations to HAAM are always encouraged.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place chilis. Chili will be judged by a blind panel on 5 criteria: flavor, originality, aroma, aftertaste & color (on a 1 to 10 scale - 10 being the best in all categories and 1 being the worst). Additionally, a “People’s Choice” winner will be voted on by attendees this year. The contest is limited to the first 20 applicants and anything goes - chilis do not need to adhere to Texas Chili Cook-Off rules and regulations, and cooks should prepare chilis off site. Additional details are included in the cook-off signup form:
All contestants must submit their information no later than Thursday, February 9th at 5pm. Contest information, volunteer opportunities and contestant submission forms are available online at
Performances from Chili Cold Blood and additional artists will start at noon. Winners for the chili cook-off will be announced before Chili Cold Blood plays, around 6pm/6:30pm.
The Sagebrush is located at 5500 South Congress Ave. For additional information regarding this event including press coverage and sponsorship, please contact Samantha Phelps Strahan at [email protected]
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