Event Details


The Chili Cook-off is BACK for its 17th year on Saturday, March 9, from 4:30 - 8pm! Sample the best chili from local eateries. They bring the heat. We bring the bowls. You be the judge! Help determine who has the best chili in Rochester while enjoying the tastiest charity event of the season. Each ticket holder will receive a hand-made chili bowl to take home!

Tickets pre-ordered online are $35 for individual members, $40 for individual non-members, and $120 for a family pass (up to 2 adults and 2 kids under 12). Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $45.

NOTE: Online ticket sales close at 3pm on Saturday, March 9, 2024.

Want to eat and attend for free? We need volunteers to help ensure the event runs smoothly!

Special Thanks to Our Drink & Paper Goods Sponsors:


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

More restaurants coming soon!


Info coming soon!

Plan Your Visit

Conveniently located off the I-490 Monroe Ave Exit and on RTS Bus Route Monroe 11L, Flower City Arts Center is located in a historic brick firehouse building dating to the early 1890s.

Free on-street parking is available on Monroe Avenue, Wilcox Street, and surrounding streets. Parking is also available across the street in the Blessed Sacrament Church lot (please cross at the crosswalk).

Flower City Arts Center is fully accessible for wheelchair users with a reserved parking space at the front of the building, a front entrance ramp, an elevator, and gender-neutral restrooms.

Get Involved

Enter to Win

Are you a restaurant interested in participating? Please email Marketing & Communications Director Mev McMahon at mmcmahon@flowercityarts.org or call us at 585-244-1730.


All volunteers can attend and eat free of charge (a ticket must be purchased to receive a hand-made bowl and beverage ticket).


Want your business to sponsor one of the most delicious events in Rochester? Please view our Sponsorship Packet and reach out to Development Director Joe Mangano via email at jmangano@flowercityarts.org or at 585-244-1730 ext. 4