ST. PETERSBURG - The Grand Central District Association is hosting its ninth annual Chili Cookoff Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Chili Cookoff, which is the Grand Central District’s longest-running event, serves as a fundraiser for GCDA, and will take place on the 2400-2500 blocks of Central Avenue. In addition to the chili competition, the event will include live music, food vendors, arts and crafts, and other vendors.
Admission is free to enjoy the entertainment and vendors. Chili tasting tickets will soon be available for $15 at www.grandcentraldistrict.org. Advance ticket purchase is recommended; tickets will be available at the event for $20 (based on availability). Chili tasting tickets will include samples of all the chili entries, and one (1) vote in the People’s Choice category.
The Chili Cookoff will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the chili entries will be tasted and scored by local celebrity judges. Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. in multiple categories: Best Restaurant, Best Business, Best Individual and People’s Choice.
Registration for chili entrants is open, and sponsorship, vendor and volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, call the Grand Central District Association at 727-828-7006 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GCDA is a 501c3 non-profit organization made up of business and property owners working to support the District’s economic development and revitalization in an effort to make it a retail, dining and entertainment destination for St. Petersburg visitors and residents.
Founded in 2001, the Grand Central District is a nationally designated Florida Main Street Community. It is home to many beloved local restaurants and bars, antique retailers, art galleries, unique shops, professional and personal services, health and wellness providers and more. The Grand Central District is pedestrian friendly and can be easily reached via the Central Avenue Trolley, which makes several stops within the District.