Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook Off

A vegan bowl of red. Source: mollyjade

I hope you’re hungry for chili this weekend, because Sunday is the 24th Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook Off! More than twenty teams will test their mettle by trying to cook the best five gallons of vegan chili ever made. And you’ll get to try each one.

This year’s festival is organized by the duo behind Austin’s Gathering of the Tribe’s potluck, and they’ve made a few changes. There are now two chili categories, All Veg and Traditional (read: fake meaty), as well as the usual People’s Choice award and recognition for the chili that best exemplifies the Engine 2 Diet principles. Lots of awards to go around!

Besides the usual chili cook off, there’s also a speed chili contest sponsored by Upton’s Naturals and Le Creuset. The winner of this contest will leave with Le Creuset cookware.

In the judges’ booth, you’ll see a few vegan celebrities, including Austin’s Lazy Smurf, the blogger behind Will Travel for Vegan Food, and Rob Franco, coowner of Arlo’s.

The cook off is back in its former location, the Burnet Road Farmers’ Market (formerly Travis County Farmers’ Market) on Sunday, November 11, from noon to 4 PM.