DRIPPING SPRINGS CHILI COOK-OFF & SALSA CONTEST 2020

Entry Application

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DRIPPING SPRINGS
CHILI COOK-OFF & SALSA CONTEST

LOCATION: Dripping Springs VFW Triangle
WHEN: Saturday October 24, 2020
Event Details
LOCATION: Dripping Springs VFW Triangle
WHEN: Saturday October 24, 2020
Activities
  • Chili Cook-Off
  • Salsa Contest
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest for Children and Adults
Cash Prizes

Cash Prizes & Trophies for top three places in chili and salsa.

CHILI

1st Place | $200
2nd Place | $100
3rd Place | $50


SALSA

1st Place – 3rd Place | “Cash Pot”

Trophies for the top three places in pumpkin decorating for children, first place for adults

SIGN UP TO BE A JUDGE

For more information email dscookers@gmail.com

GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS

GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS

  • Set up/Check in time for competitors:  8:00 am
  • Head cook meeting:  9:00 am 
  • Space Locations are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • NO parking on the grass area at the triangle.  Parking (courtesy of Central Texas Youth Ballet) is available in the vacant lot at the corner of Mercer Street and Ranch Road 12.
  • ONLY gas grills, propane stoves or electric appliances allowed for cooking and preparing salsa.
  • NO CHARCOAL OR WOOD FIRES.
  • NO glass containers/bottles.
  • Each team must have a head cook.
  • Head cooks must attend the Head Cook meeting to receive judging containers.
  • Chili meat and Salsa ingredients will be inspected after the head cook’s meeting.
  • NO vendors are allowed to enter the contests – individual cooks only.
  • Teams must supply their own equipment, supplies and ingredients.
  • All grease drippings must be contained and disposed of properly.
  • Tip jars are allowed for samples – food MAY NOT be sold.
  • Teams must supply their own water and tent canopies for shade.  
  • Electricity will be available.
  • The Head Cook is responsible for all cleanup of the team’s space. 
  • The Head Cook is responsible for the conduct of their team and their guests.
  • The Cook-off Club will retain 15% of the salsa entry fees prior to splitting the cash pot among winners.
  • The Cook-off Club officers reserve the right to make additional regulations as situations warrant.
  • Decisions of the officers shall be final.
  • Excessive use of alcoholic beverages will be grounds for disqualification.
  • All rules will be enforced and refusal to abide by them will results in immediate disqualification and eviction from the grounds with no refund of fees paid.

CHILI COOK-OFF AND SALSA CONTEST RULES

  • NO pre-seasoning or marinating of meat allowed until after inspection. 
  • NO commercial chili mixes or canned chili allowed.
  • NO beans or other fillers allowed in chili.
  • All salsa ingredients must be chopped and blended on site.  Chunky pico-type salsa is not permitted.
  • NO bottle or pre-mixed salsas allowed.
  • NO garnishes allowed in chili or salsa.
  • Chili will be judged on aroma, consistency, color, taste and aftertaste.
  • Salsa must be tomato based, no green salsas permitted.
  • Salsa will be judged on appearance, flavor, consistency and aftertaste.

PUMPKIN DECORATING RULES

  • Pumpkin inspection will begin at 8:30 am
  • Hollowing and/or pre-carving of pumpkins may NOT occur until after pumpkins have been inspected.
  • Teams must supply their own pumpkins.
  • Pumpkins will be judged on detail, design, uniqueness, attraction and materials.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

These recommended practices are written specifically as a COVID-19 mitigation plan and to ensure the safety, health and well-being of participants and spectators of the Dripping Springs Cook-off Club 2020 Annual Chili and Salsa Cook-off.

General guidelines

  • All contestant will be advised in the application process to stay home if they are feeling ill, running a fever or have been in contact with anyone who has been screened/ tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • All attendees will be required to wear a mask except while in their camp with their family/team members, or judging.
  • Each team will set up so as to maintain social distancing. No more than 10 persons/camp of the same family/team.
  • Each team will provide their own masks, hand sanitizer and disposable gloves. These items will be checked and if not provided, the team will be immediately disqualified. 
  • Signs will be placed around the venue and provided to each team requiring masks and social distancing.
  • The public is encouraged to attend and judge the competition. There will be no public seating. No samples will be distributed to the public by the competition teams.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided to the public. 

Entry Turn-in

  • For turn-in, each competitor will wear a mask and new, clean disposable gloves when presenting the entry to the judging location. Each container will be wiped with a sanitizing wipe by the contestant. The container will be placed at the end of a 6-foot table away from the judging area on a designated spot on the table. Wipes will be provided to the contestants for this.
  • Should a line form for turn-in, competitors will be reminded to maintain a 6-foot distance between them. The ground will be marked in 6 foot increments.

Judging

  • Only judges and support staff will be permitted inside the judging area.
  • All judging surfaces, including the receiving table, will be sanitized prior to judging and between each category.
  • Judges will be provided clean, disposable gloves at the beginning of each round.
  • Entries will be arranged in a socially distanced manner around the judging area. Judges will walk between entries. At each entry , the judge will use a new, disposable spoon to sample the entry.
  • No one will be permitted to take home leftover entries. No entries will leave the judging area, but will instead be disposed of at the close of judging and the awards ceremony.

DRIPPING SPRINGS CHILI COOK-OFF & SALSA CONTEST

OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Please complete all fields below for registration.
Please complete the number of entries you will be entering in each category. You'll be asked to pay for the entries after you submit this form.
****** All Fees are non-refundable ******
Please read the following disclosure: Contestant, for itself and all persons assisting the Contestant, agree that the Dripping Springs Cook-off Club, including its officers, sponsors and raffle donors are in no way responsible for any loss, damage, or injury to the Contestant and its assistants, regardless of how such loss or injury is occasioned and by whom during this event. Your signature indicates you have read the following rules and regulations and other attachments.
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