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Due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, the Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ scheduled to take place at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) has been canceled for 2020. Refunds or a credit for 2021 are available to all who have registered.

We are now working with our host venue, KPU, to hold our event on Apr 30 to May 2 2021 if the situation allows.

The health and safety of event participants, including competitors, volunteers, judges, exhibitors and attendees, is the highest priority of the Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ. We are saddened to announce the postponement of the event for 2020, but it’s important for us to do our part to keep everyone healthy and continue with efforts to overcome this pandemic.

We have been working with KPU to reschedule this event for Apr 30th to May 2nd 2021. Lets hope we are able to beat this virus and be safe once again to gather and grill next year. We will be providing updates from KPU when received and keep everyone informed on any updates so competitors can plan their events. Updates will be available on this site and on our FaceBook page.Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

 

Canada’s Oldest, Largest and Most Prestigious Cooking Competition has now added 10 Golden Tickets to compete at the World Food Championships in Dallas!

Apr 30th to May2nd 2021 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University -Langley, British Columbia

Langley will be smokin’ hot again this year when the 35th annual Canadian Festival of Chili and Barbecue comes back to beautiful downtown Langley, British Columbia at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. On Saturday we host The Canadian International CASI Chili Championships and on Sunday The BC BBQ Championships. Its a weekend of tasty fun for the whole family! This is the oldest and largest Chili and BBQ competition in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Now boasting the most International Competition Invitations including:

  • 10 Golden Tickets to the World Food Championships in Dallas
  • 1 Golden Ticket to the SCA World Steak Championships in Texas,
  • An invitation to compete at the CASI International Chili Championships in Terlingua TX
  • Plus entry into the Jack Daniels World BBQ Championships and the American Royal draws are all up for grabs!

Registration will open soon for the 2021 Canadian Festival of Chili & BBQ tentatively scheduled for May 2021.

Entry Fees
$125 BC BBQ CHAMPIONSHIPS – entry includes one selectable auxiliary category entry excluding Chili & Steak. Winner also receives a Golden Ticket to compete in BBQ at the World Food Championships in Dallas
$100 CANADIAN SCA STEAK CHAMPIONSHIPS sponsored by Meridian Farm Market – winner gets one Golden Ticket to compete at the SCA World Championships in Texas plus one Golden Ticket to compete at the World Food Championships in Dallas
$30 CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL CASI CHILI CHAMPIONSHIPS – includes an invitation to compete in Terlingua Texas at the CASI World Chili Championships and a Golden ticket to compete at the World Food Championships in Dallas
$25 CANADIAN HOMESTYLE CHILI CHAMPIONSHIPS Sponsored by Johnston’s BC Pork (2lbs course ground pork provided and must be used) -includes 1 Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships in Dallas to the overall winner and one Golden Ticket to the top firefighter team
$50 BEST BACKYARD BURGER – 1 Golden Ticket to the first place cook to compete at the World Food Championships in Dallas
$50 WHO MAKES THE BEST SANDWICH? – 1 Golden Ticket to the top cook to compete at the World Food Championships in Dallas
$50 CHEFS CHALLENGE – 1 Golden Ticket to the winner to compete at the World Food Championships in Dallas
$50 BATTLE BACON sponsored by Johnson BC Pork – 1 Golden ticket to compete at the World Food Championships in Dallas
$10 RECIPE CONTEST sponsored by Johnson’s BC Pork – 1 Golden ticket to compete at the World Food Championships in Dallas

How Chili & BBQ Samples Work

The public are greeted onsite by our firefighter volunteers and their families and for a donation to the Burn Fund of $5 at minimum you will receive a sample of Firehouse Chili and a bun on Saturday or a Pumper Pulled Pork bunwich on Sunday. All money goes directly to The BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. To date we have donated in excess of $60,000 to the Young Burn Survivors Camp here in BC. You will also be given a fire fighters wristband on each day which our competition teams look for in order to offer competition samples after each turnin for judging. Competitors samples ARE LIMITED AND NOT GUARANTEED! Competition Chili Samples are available Saturday at 2 & 3pm and BBQ samples on the hour from 11-2pm Sunday.

Teams cook other ancillary categories on Saturday but these samples are very limited. Sunday BBQ samples are; 11am -Pulled Pork, 12pm -Beef Brisket, 1pm -Chicken and 2pm -Ribs WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

If you arrive with the hope that you can feed your family for your $5 donation you will be disappointed. If you come to the Festival to help a very worthy cause, witness incredibly skilled competition cooks, maybe pick up a few tricks, visit the vendors or beer garden and taste a little of the competitors creations then you’ve come to the right place.

Enjoy and have fun!

All Festival Proceeds Donated

All public money goes directly to The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund and is directed to the Young Burn Survivors Camp. This is in honour and in memory of firefighter and Canadian Festival founder Dave Veljacic and his wife Patsy. To date we have donated in excess of $60,000 to the fund.

All Canadian Festival Producers and organizers are volunteers. We have no paid staff and we operate under the umbrella of our registered Society, The Canadian Chili and BBQ Society.