Event Details


Join us for the 2020 Chili Cookoff at the Flower City Arts Center! Sample the best chili from local eateries. You're the judge! Help determine who has the best chili in Rochester while enjoying the tastiest charity event of the season. Each guest will receive a hand-made chili bowl to take home.

Join us from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on February 29, 2020 at the Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave., Rochester.

Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Family of four (2 adults, 2 kids under 12, please) are $80 for members, $90 for non-members. Be sure to get your tickets early, because prices go up at the door!

At the door, ticket prices increase to $35 each / $90 for a family of four for members and $40 each / $100 for a family of four for non-members.

Online ticket sales close at 3pm on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Interested in becoming a member? Find more information on our membership page.

Event Sponsors:
JalapeƱo Level
Andrew J. Burke, REALTOR(R), RE/MAX Realty Group

Poblano Level
Sumner T. Pearsall, CPA

Ameriprise Financial, Timothy K. Andre

Become a sponsor - view the "Get Involved" tab above!


Enjoy chili from these local eateries that will be vying for awards given by YOU!

More restaurants coming soon!


4:30pm: Doors Open

Grab your bowls, grab your chili, and sit back and listen to:
Jon Lewis Music & The Archive Ravens
Playing from 4:30pm-6pm

7:15pm Winners Announced

7:30pm: End of event

Plan Your Visit

Get Involved

Opportunities to get your company on board to support the arts and participate in this fun event.

Sponsorships are available. View the packet online (PDF) or call Director Ross Lanzafame (585-244-1730) for more information on how your business can become part of one of the most delicious events in Rochester!

If you are a restaurant that would like to participate in this year's Chili Cookoff, please call Communications Coordinator Simona Benenati at 585-244-1730.

Interested in attending the event for free? All volunteers are able to attend the Chili Cookoff and eat free of charge (a ticket must be purchased to receive a hand-made bowl and beverage ticket). To sign up for a time slot, please call Communications Coordinator Simona Benenati at 585-244-1730 or visit the volunteer website.