Final preparations are under way for the 13th Annual Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-off set for Saturday at Wheeling's Heritage Port.
Event chairwoman Rose Humway-Warmuth said chili cooks will be competing for a total of $3,500 in prizes and the opportunity to compete in two world cook-offs.
The Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-off is sanctioned by the International Chili Society, and cooks will hail from Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Virginia, as well as from the Tri-State area. Cooks will be competing in the red, verde, green, homestyle and salsa categories.
Photo by Ian Hicks
Organizers of the annual Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-Off provide tips for preparing competition-style chili during taping of a segment for West Liberty University’s student television station, WLUTV-14, on the WesBanco Arena patio. Pictured, from left, are head chili judge Brian Warmuth, cook-off Chairwoman Rosemary Humway-Warmuth and Charlie Schlegel, owner of Ye Olde Alpha. The 13th annual chili cook-off is slated for Saturday at Heritage Port with a top prize of $2,000.
Bridgeport resident Gwen Stewart holds a cup of her homestyle chili during last year’s Wheeling Feeling Chili Cookoff.
"The weather looks great," Humway-Warmuth said. "We're looking for a record-breaking year to make money for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley."
The event opens to the public at noon. Admission is free, and tickets to be exchanged for chili will be available.
Humway-Warmuth said the restaurants taking part in the cook-off will have chili ready when the event opens. The United Way chili booth will be serving restaurant chili from those establishments who want to take part but could not staff the event. Different competition chilis will be ready at varying times throughout the afternoon, she said.
"The event never runs out of chili," Humway-Warmuth said. "Even though some of the competition cooks will serve up all they have prepared, there is chili available throughout the day."