The 10th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off was a blast! Over 250 attendees savored vegan chilis of bean and meatless meat varieties and were introduced to animal protection, environmental, and food waste issues.
Many thanks to all of the contestants (including those in our brand-new Professionals category) for providing amazing vegan chili for all to share while enjoying friendly competition. You showed how delicious, satisfying, and easy to prepare vegan food can be.
The three winners of this year’s Cook-Off by category are:
Bean Based: Jenny Newgard aka Contestant 9
- Meatless Meat: Marina and Liberty Kirkeide aka Contestant 13
- Professional: Reverie Mobile Kitchen aka Contestant 6
This event would not have been the success it was without the support of our stellar volunteers and Chili Cook-Off planning team. Thank you for your support with planning, setting up, cleaning up, making extra chili, and more––THANK YOU!
Thank you to Reverie Mobile Kitchen and Farmaste, who generously donated to the evaluation gift basket. We’d like to extend an additional thank you to Farmaste, Spring Farm Sanctuary, SoulSpace, Little Acorn, Fur Free Minneapolis, Mighty Earth, and the Food Recovery Network for their support of the event and information they provided to guests!
Finally, thank you to everyone who came to join in the fun. Whether you are new to vegan food or have been a part of the local vegan community for a long time, we hope you found inspiration and support in moving further down the path of compassionate living.
We hope you’ll join us at our Annual Banquet, otherwise known as Drake’s Drinks Celebrating 21 Years of Compassionate Action for Animals at the Clarence W. Wigington Pavilion at Harriet Island Park on Saturday, March 23. With a gourmet vegan dinner catered by Gorkha Palace, delicious certified-vegan cocktails by Drake’s Organic Spirits, and cupcakes from Vegan East (it wouldn’t be a party without cake!), you won’t want to miss this. Get your tickets today!