City of Manchester prepares for 2011 World's Championship Chili Cookoff

City anticipates more than 30,000 to attend Chili Cookoff this year

Manchester, NH – In less than three weeks the City of Manchester will host the 2011 World’s Championship Chili Cookoff (WCCC) which is coming to Veterans Park from Friday, September 30th- Sunday, October 2nd. The event will feature more than 200 chili cooks as they complete to win this year’s $25,000 prize and the coveted Bronze Pot trophy on Sunday, October 2nd. Chili cooks will also compete in the World’s Championship Chili Verde Cookoff and the World’s Championship Salsa Contest on Saturday, October 1st . Friday, September 30th will feature the Last Chance Chili Cookoff which gives local residents the opportunity to earn a spot in Sunday’s $25,000 cookoff.

Tickets are $5.00 if purchased before the event and $7.00 at the gate and include five sampling tickets. $1.00 from every ticket sold will be donated to the events’ supporting charities: Families in Transition, the Greater Manchester YMCA, New Horizons and the Manchester Rotary. Last year the City of Manchester was able to donate more than $20,000 to participating charities.

The City of Manchester has partnered with many local businesses and organizations to provide entertainment for this year’s event. This year’s Kid Zone is sponsored by the Manchester Monarchs and New Hampshire Fishercats. "The Chili Cook Off is a fantastic event and the Fisher Cats are looking forward to being a part of it" said Fisher Cats President Rick Brenner. "No matter who you are there is something fun for you to do there!"

The Fishercats and Monarchs will be providing inflatable rides and activities for children. Max and Fungo, the teams’ mascots, will also be making appearances throughout the weekend. "Last year's Chili Cookoff was such a great experience and a huge success for the city that we wanted to be involved in some capacity again," said Monarchs President Darren Abbott. "It seemed like a perfect fit to partner with the Fisher Cats and sponsor the kid’s area for the event. We're excited to see all of the children, their parents and all of the fans of Monarchs Country as we get ready to kick off our 11th season in Manchester the weekend after the Chili Cookoff!"

Amoskeag Beverages is once again sponsoring the Beer Garden which will be open all weekend. The Red Arrow Diner and Two Friends Café will be serving up bowls of chili using past World Championship recipes. Red Arrow will be serving the 2010 winning chili recipe and Two Friends Café will be serving the 2007 winning recipe.

For a complete list of activities happening at the 2011 WCCC or for ticket information please visit or contact Chris Wellington at 603-624-6505.