Come to the 2018 Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ
The 2018 Canadian Festival of Chili and Barbecue takes place Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 at Cascades Casino Resort, Langley, BC. There are ten different Chili and BBQ categories that teams compete in.
Anyone Can Compete in the Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ
You do not have to be a professional chef or BBQ expert to enter the Festival, or to win the cash and prizes! Winners in many of our festival categories will qualify to compete in renowned chili and BBQ competitions in the United States that offer even larger cash prizes. Our entry fees are some of the lowest in competition BBQ.
Public Can Watch Teams BBQ Starting at 10am
The public is welcome to come down at 10:00 am to watch competition teams cook and prepare their entries for judging. Our BBQ competitors come from across Canada and the United States to compete. Turn in times for each category vary and are staggered over two days. Once teams turn in their BBQ entry for judging, most will offer samples to the public. Be sure to make, at minimum, a $5 donation to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund at the festival entrance and get a Sampling Wristband – samples will not be offered without one on your wrist!
Certified Chili and BBQ Judges Oversee Festival Competitions
Final BBQ turnins are graded by trained and certified judges using the rules of their association:
- Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI)
- Pacific Northwest BBQ Association (PNWBA)
- Steak Cookoff Association (SCA)
If you love chili, perhaps you would like to volunteer to judge at our festival. We offer training and welcome new faces! Classes for BBQ and Steak judging are put on through their respective associations, -check the links! Even if you are unable to get into a judging class you can still likely volunteer in the judges tent to get a birds eye view of the process and probably a few samples as well.
Volunteers are integral to the success of our event – if you are not interested in being a judge, volunteers are needed in many other ways at our festival.
Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2018 Chili & BBQ Festival
Our festival could not happen without the great sponsors who support us! We really appreciate our sponsors’ contributions and do our best to give them the recognition they deserve. Read more about Sponsorship Opportunities and the benefits of supporting our festival.