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The New York City Chili Cook-Off (ICS)

The Official New York State Cook-Off for the International Chili Society (ICS). Includes chili sampling, judging, cash prizes, amusements, and live entertainment. Winners chosen from Historic Richmond Town will go to the world championships! 

The rivalry is real. The competition heated. Teams may dress as cowboys, some wear funny hats, and some have wacky names, but the competition is serious business as the region’s best chili-heads take to the bridges to battle the top cooks of New York at the ninth annual NYC Chili Cookoff at Historic Richmond Town. 

Chiliheads are quick to say that chili is a cuisine of the people. And the judging reflects that philosophy. The International Chili Society (ICS) recommends skipping professional judges and stacking the judges’ table with community members who appreciate good food. As the one and only cookoff in New York City that’s sanctioned by the International Chili Society, the competition entries and the judging can be hotter than the spices.

Visit with live costumed-interpreters inside the historic buildings for a day filled with family fun!

-      General Store: participate in a museum scavenger hunt for food preparation items of the 1800s.

-      Carpenter Shop: demo of wooden ware from the family farm.

-      Tinsmith Shop: visit with a master tinsmith and view household items cooking implements made of tin.

-      Stephens-Black House Kitchen: Coleslaw demo and sampling.


Earlier Event: April 20
Spring in Richmond Town
Later Event: May 4
Yankee Peddler Day