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 rescheduled to August 21 – 24.  Stay tuned for updates!




The health and safety of event participants, including competitors, volunteers, judges, and attendees, is the highest priority of the Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ teams. We’re sad to announce the postponement of the event, but it’s important to us to do our part to keep everyone healthy and continue with efforts to flatten the curve.

We have been working with KPU to reschedule this event for August 21 to 23rd, 2020. However, any events scheduled beyond the end of June may also be cancelled should the current restrictions continue. We will be providing updates from KPU on the first of each month regarding the notice of cancellation message. 

At least one month will be provided to enable festival competitors and event attendees the time to make plans around the event. 

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Canada’s Largest, Oldest and Most Prestigious Cooking Competition this year has 10 Golden Tickets for The World Food Championships.

May 1 to 3, 2020 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley, British Columbia (Public Festival is May 2 &3)

Langley will be smokin’ hot again this year when the 33rd 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. With three days of tasty fun for the whole family, this is the oldest and largest Chili and BBQ contest in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Now the most awarded with 10 Tickets to the World Food Championships up for grabs!

Registration is now open for 2020 Canadian Festival of Chili & BBQ
Dates are May 1-3

Entry Fees
$125 BBQ contest plus one auxiliary event excluding Chili & Steak
$ 99 SCA Steak Contest – 1 Golden Ticket top Cook
$ 30 Casi Chili & Home Style – 3 Golden tickets to top
3 Canadian Cooks
$ 25 Home Style Chili- 1 Golden Ticket to Top Fire Fighter or
their Spouse
$ 50 Burger – 1 Golden Ticket Top Cook
$ 50 Sandwich – 1 Golden Ticket Top Cook
$ 50 Chefs Choice – 1 Golden Ticket Top Cook
$ 50 Bacon -Sponsored by Johnson Pork- 1 Golden ticket
$ 10 Recipe Contest- Sponsored by Johnson Pork- 1 Golden ticket

Limited BBQ & Chili Samples Available

The public are greeted onsite by our firefighter volunteers and their families. For $5 at minimum you will receive a sample of Firehouse Chili and a bun on Saturday -or- a Pumper Pulled Pork bunwich on Sunday. This money goes directly to The BC Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. To date we have donated in excess of $60,000 to the fund. 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 if they are available. Competitors samples ARE NOT GUARANTEED! Saturdays Competition Chili Samples are available at 2 & 3pm. 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!

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 fire fighter 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.