Come to the 2020 Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ
The 2020 Canadian Festival of Chili and Barbecue takes place Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in downtown Langley, BC. There are ten different Chili and BBQ categories that teams can 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, grilling and BBQ competitions in the United States and beyond that offer even larger cash prizes. Our entry fees are the lowest in competition BBQ.
Public Can Watch Teams Create Starting at 10am
The public is welcome to come onsite at 10:00 am to watch 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. The public are greeted onsite by our firefighter volunteers and their families and 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. You will also be given a fire fighters wristband on either day which our teams recognize and they will offer competition samples after each turnin for judging if they are available. Competitors samples ARE NOT GUARANTEED!
IF TEAM SAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE, YOU NEED A WRISTBAND
All money raised is donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund
Over $60,000 has been donated to date!
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 2019 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.