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The 7th Annual
Chili Challenge

To benefit Boys & Girls Club of ROchester

 

Thursday, September 24, 2015  |  4 – 8 pm
Peace Plaza  |  Downtown Rochester 

Chili Challenge is an event to generate community and financial support for Boys & Girls Club of Rochester. Attendees will have the chance to sample chilies from over 25 participants which include local businesses, restaurants, and other community representatives. The event will offer family activities, live music, decorated booths, and a variety of chilies and other foods to enjoy. New in 2015 is a Homebrew Competition, featuring beer brewed by several of Rochester's own beer enthusiasts.

SPONSORSHIP

Our generous sponsors provide much-needed support for Boys & Girls Club of Rochester programs. Please contact Lori Trotman, Director of Marketing & Special Events, to further discuss sponsorship opportunities: ltrotman@bgclubroch.com or 507.226.0107.


SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:

BURNIN':  $10,000 

  • One chili entry & booth space
  • Twelve tickets to the event
  • Premiere logo placement on all media recognition & event materials, including Chili Challenge and Boys & Girls Club Rochester websites, news media, and tickets


SMOKIN':  $5,000 

  • One chili entry & booth space
  • Ten tickets to the event
  • Logo placement on all media recognition & event materials
  • Sponsor recognition on Chili Challenge website and Boys & Girls Club Rochester website


ZESTY:  $2,500

  • One chili entry & booth space
  • Eight tickets to the event
  • Logo placement on some media recognition & event materials
  • Sponsor recognition on Chili Challenge website and Boys & Girls Club Rochester website


SAUCY:  $1,250  

  • One chili entry & booth space
  • Six tickets to the event
  • Company logo exposure on Chili Challenge website


BOOTH:  $300 

  • One chili entry & booth space
  • Four tickets to the event 
  • Team recognition at event


ACTIVITY:  $300 

  • Recognition at one of the event activities
  • One banner displayed at event
  • Four tickets to event

 

Click here to download more information about sponsorship.

CHILI TEAMS

Teams can be made up of individuals from businesses and corporations, a group of private individuals with a darn good recipe, or commercial vendors that are willing to pit their talents against anyone – all for a great cause!

Here’s what you need to know if you choose to participate:  

Chilies will be judged by a local panel of judges in the following categories:                    

  • The Real Deal- any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with chili peppers, various other spices, and other ingredients with the exception of items such as beans or spaghetti, which are strictly forbidden.
  • Anything Goes- the name says it all
  •  Vegetarian- this is a chili made without any meat products

The following categories will be judged by the public:

  • Peoples’ Choice- people attending the Chili Challenge will vote on their favorite chili
  • Spicy Spirit- people attending the Chili Challenge will vote on their favorite decorated booth and enthusiastic team
  • Kids’ Choice- kids attending the Chili Challenge will vote on their favorite chili

Participation fee:  $300 per booth
(additional sponsorship benefits at higher levels)

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All participants must register ahead of time and adhere to all rules and regulations set forth by Boys & Girls Club of Rochester and Olmsted County Public Health.  

Click here to download the team information & registration form.

HOMEBREW COMPETITION

This year we are introducing a Homebrew Competition to the event. More than 20 local beer enthusiasts will offer samples of their home-brewed beer for tasting, side-by-side with Rochester’s professional brewing companies. We invite you to participate in this new level of competition!


PARTICIPATION LEVELS:

BREWING CO.:  One Keg + $250 donation 

  • One craft beer entry & booth space
  • Four tickets to the event 
  • Company recognition at event


HOMEBREWER:  5 gallon donation

  • One craft beer entry & booth space
  • Two tickets to the event 
  • Individual recognition at event

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

DOES THE BEER NEED TO BE BOTTLED AND LABELED? 

The homebrew donation requirement is five gallons; beer may be in bottles or a keg. Labels are not necessary, but we will ask for the name and style of your brew. Tasting cups will be provided by BGCR.

HOW MANY BEERS CAN I ENTER?  

Registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis and there are a limited number of entries. In our inaugural year, participants are welcome to bring multiple brews, as long as you provide the minimum five gallon donation of each.

WHAT STYLES OF BEERS ARE ACCEPTED?  

Our theme is “Beers that pair well with chili,” so the style you choose is up to you. All entries will be judged based on the same criteria, not categorized by style. (See GRAND PRIZE section below for stipulations for the "Brewer's Choice" winner.)

HOW IS THE COMPETITION JUDGED?  

The Homebrew Competition will be judged in two different categories - Brewer’s Choice (panel of four professional brewers) and People’s Choice (voted on by event attendees).

IS MY DONATION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?  

Boys & Girls Club of Rochester is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Please consult with your tax professional regarding the specifics of this charitable contribution and any potential deductions.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT FOOD SAFETY/LEGAL DISCLOSURE:

All beverages must be made and transported in containers and equipment that shall not allow the migration of toxic substances.

State law requires each station to include a disclosure related to home brew that states “the unlicensed naturally fermented fruit juices or beer being offered is homemade and not subject to state inspection, and may be consumed by persons over the age of 21 at their own risk.” The notice must include the name and address of the person who processed and bottled the beverage. This will be provided to participants by BGCR and must remain visible in the participant’s booth.

A member of the Chili Challenge committee will be reaching out to you in late August to collect specific  information about your beer for promotional material, signage, etc...

 

GRAND PRIZE:

Homebrewers will compete for not only bragging rights, but the opportunity to have your beer brewed and on tap at Grand Rounds Brewing Company in Rochester! Winner of the “Brewer’s Choice” competition will  be invited to brew their winning recipe* with Head Brewer Steve Finnie on their seven-barrel system. The winning beer will be offered on tap at Grand Rounds Brewpub and $1 of each pint sold will be donated back to the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester.

*Limited to styles that can be brewed and conditioned with the equipment available at GRBC.

 

All participants must register in advance and adhere to all rules and regulations set forth by Boys & Girls Club of Rochester and Olmsted County Public Health.

Click here to download the Homebrew information & registration form.

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