Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser is a chili competition that pits over 50 Milwaukee restaurants, cafes and caterers against one another to determine the city's best chili as voted on by event attendees. Awards are given to winners in five different categories: best meat, best vegetarian, most unique chili, best heat, and best vendor display/presentation. The 2014 event features an expanded venue that includes the 1st floor gymnasium and the second floor field house.
With expanded capacity, we're also expanding entertainment options for attendees to enjoy, including the participation of Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) competitors, chili pepper races in the mold of Miller Park sausage races, and a growing children's area.
Advance tickets are $12 and include 4 chili samples. Additional Chili sampling tickets can be purchased at the event for $1 each. Bring two or more non-perishable food items and donated them to the Hunger Task Force and you'll receive two additional sample tickets.
MFD PARTNERSHIP For the first time ever, chili will be served by a combination of six MFD firehouses and operations centers. Whereas all other vendors will be voted on by attendees, MFD houses will be separately judge by a panel of local celebrity judges. Celebrity judges will be announced in February.
CHILI PEPPER RACES Taking a cue from the Milwaukee Brewers, we're adding three chili pepper races with racers wearing costumes custom-made by WMSE volunteer, Christina Ward. The races will take place on the second level field house track at Noon and 2pm, with the final heat closing out the event at 4pm.
CHILDREN'S AREA WMSE's 2013 Chili fundraiser introduced a children's area run by Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.). A.W.E. is will again provide children's programming at this year's event where their warm, friendly artists, staff and volunteers will be heating things up with art making activities for kids of all ages.
ADDITIONAL TICKET AND PARKING INFO Tickets are also available at the WMSE studios at 820 N. Milwaukee Street M-F, 9am-6pm. Children 10 and under enter free.
Paid parking is available across the street from Kern Center in the 780-car parking complex below Viets Field.
VENDORS Confirmed vendors are Simple Cafe, Lazy Susan Milwaukee, The Soup House, Outpost Natural Foods, Café Lulu, Riverwest Coop Café, Brewed Café, American Euros, Red Rock Saloon, McBob's, G-Daddy's BBC, McGillyCuddy's, and more. The full list of competitors will be announced Monday, January 27.
SPONSORS Rockabilly Chili's presenting sponsor is Milwaukee Brewing Co., who will be serving three of their craft brews Outboard, Louie's Demise, and Hop Happy - throughout the event.
Additional sponsorship comes from: von Briesen & Roper, s.c. (http://www.vonbriesen.com) Clark Graphics (http://clark-graphics.com) Sassy Cow Creamery (http://www.sassycowcreamery.com) Shepherd Express (http://expressmilwaukee.com) OnMilwaukee.com (http://onmilwaukee.com)
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