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Firefighters Take on Chefs at 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off

September 25, 2012, 10:25 AM HST
* Updated September 25, 10:51 AM
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Chili Cook-off, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Maui’s top chefs take on island firefighters in a heated chili challenge at this weekend’s Maui Fair.

Proceeds from the 8th Annual Chili Cook-off fundraiser benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children Patient Transportation Fund.

The program enables children afflicted with injuries related to fires, receive necessary medical treatment and rehabilitation therapy in their recovery.

This year, as in 2011, Maui’s chefs are invited to take part in the action by competing against Maui firefighters for the best chili recipes in categories ranging from “Hazmat” where anything goes, to “Wild Land” for the vegetarian crowd.

Maui Fair Chili Cook-off, file photo by Wendy Osher.


Preparation and cooking will take place on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at the Maui Fair Events Arena located on the grassy area fronting the War Memorial Pool.


Cooking starts at 4 p.m., with a final presentation, awards and sampling to be held at the Events Arena starting at around 5 p.m.

The public is invited to sample the creations for a donation of $1 per bowl, and vote on their favorite. The People’s Choice wins a cash prize of $300.

From its beginnings in 1916 the Maui Fair touts its role in the Maui community as “A Timeless Tradition.”


The event runs from September 27-30, 2012, attracting a family crowd with multicultural foods, featured entertainment, craft booths, agricultural exhibits, and EK Fernandez rides.

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