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2019 Best Bloody Mary and Best Chili Contest

Bars & Restaurants - Register to Compete!

This contest is limited to establishments who prepare food and drink in a commercial kitchen. No individual/home based competitors, please.

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Best Bloody Mary and Best Chili Contest:

We are inviting area bars and restaurants to compete in our upcoming contest to benefit Tri-County Humane Society. All ticket sales from this event will benefit the animals! 

This will be our third year with this event and we are thrilled with how popular it has become. For 2019, we dropped the “celebrity judges” portion of the voting process—the ticket holding voters take their jobs very seriously and want to know their vote counts!

Last year over 250 people attended, and we expect more this year, so we added space by opening the door that joins the Event Center with the Pub so we have more room to move.

Each competing bar/restaurant will be provided a 6’ table per product with prep/work space behind. You can decorate your space as you wish, we want you to promote your venue at this event! Coupons, menus, etc. are all welcome as long as it stays within your space. There is no fee to compete, you simply need to register. Download the Info and Registration for more on how we will promote this event and the competitors who participate. 

As a competitor, you will provide samples of your product to event attendees in small shot-size plastic cups (provided). If you’re competing with Bloody Mary’s, our sponsor will provide the vodka at the Event Center so you bring the mix only. We suggest you bring at least two gallons of Bloody Mary Mix or chili. Last year a few competing establishments ran out of product!

Attendees will move from booth to booth sampling all the available Bloody Mary and Chili options while making notes on their ballots as to which they prefer. 

In addition to voting on taste preferences, attendees will also consider how your establishment presents their product in their final vote. For this purpose, each participating bar or restaurant is encouraged to bring a sample (or nice photo) of each as sold at their establishments for participants to view at their table.

The tasting goes from 2-4:00.

At 4:00 the final tallying will be completed and the winners announced. “Best in Show” Bloody Mary and “Best in Show” Chili each receive a handsome trophy to display at their establishment!

The big winners last year were Anton’s (Bloody Mary) and Torch Sauce Company (Chili). But everyone who participated was a winner in our eyes!

Thanks to Anton’s, Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant, The Hayloft, House of Pizza, Olde Brick House, The Place, Red Carpet and Torch Sauce Company or their  participation in 2018! We look forward to adding your establishment to our list this year!

Our Impact in 2017:

  • Animals Adopted


  • Animals Fostered


  • Animals Spayed/Neutered


  • Spay/Neuter Clinics Hosted


© 2019 Tri-County Humane Society

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