Call out for chili cook-off teams

Heather Latter

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce once again is looking for teams for its annual Great Canadian Chili Cook-Off slated for Oct. 21 at the local Legion.
“We have about six to seven teams already, but we’re still looking for more,” Chamber manager Anthony Mason noted this morning.
Having only recently taken over the position, Mason said he’s happy to be able to get the event off the ground this year.
He noted anyone is eligible to enter their chili, but that the chili must be prepared in a commercial kitchen due to health regulations.
“If someone is wanting to cook in their own kitchen, they have to contact the Northwestern Health Unit to have it [kitchen] inspected,” Mason explained, adding the Legion’s kitchen will be available for those to use the day before the event.
“From what I understand, there was a good turnout last year and I hope for the same this year,” he enthused.
The cook-off will run from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with residents being invited to come out and sample the concoctions.
A bowl of chili and a bun costs $5, or you can sample each pot of chili for $7.
Refreshments will be available, as well.
The Great Canadian Chili Cook-Off also will feature the always-popular cake roulette and a food drive.
Mason noted they are looking for people to make or donate cakes—or any kind of dessert—for the roulette game.
Those interested can drop off their cakes at the Legion on the morning of Oct. 21 or they can contact Mason to make other arrangements.
“And we thought it would be a good idea for a food drive, so people can also bring a couple non-perishable food items with them when they come,” he remarked.
“It’s going to be a great event and I hope to see a lot of people out.”
Those interested in registering a team for the cook-off can contact Mason at 274-5773 or via e-mail at