Norwich Optimist Club Still Accepting Entries For The Chili Cook-off

This coming Aril 25 is the second chili cook-off which is celebrated annually by the Norwich Optimist Club. The event is going to be held in the Norwich Community Centre and there will be trophies awarded to the winning teams as well as bragging rights.

According to one of the organizing committee’s member, Mike Legge, they are still accepting entries and there are still available slots for a number of teams.

Three teams have already registered while there are many interested participants. It was only last year that the first event was held among 18 teams that are competing. There are various prizes at stake such as best team costume, most flavorful chili, most fun recipe name and the most unique ingredient used. Together with the chili cook-off is the silent auction and last year both events were able to gather around $18,000 to be given to the Blue family – fire took their home in Stover Street.

For this year, the amount collected will be given to the proposed Norwich Soccer Park. Its location is southeast of the administration building of Township of Norwich which is in the Airport Road. The proposed project cost is estimated at $434,000 and the Optimists have already contributed $25,000 to its construction. The said budget includes, among other things, soil preparation, grading, important items like bleachers and nets.

For the silent auction event, they are still accepting items to be donated and used in the said auction. For those willing to donate, items may be sent to Norwich Re/Max office or an appointment for the pick-up may be arranged through a call in this number 519-281-3240.

For interested teams who want to compete in the chili cook-off, entry form may be requested by sending an email to and sending it back via fax in this number 519-863-3393. Important information needed is the name of the team, contact person and information and lastly the name of the recipe. Every team who will be competing are requires to prepare chili in two crock pots around 8-10 quarts. The team needs to pay $25 as entry fee to the contest.

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