Bringing chili into the 21st century

The Comox Valley Exhibition is celebrating cowboys' historic connection to chili and celebrating the Exhibition's theme of Cowboy Trails and 4-H Tales by holding a Chili Contest Aug. 28.

The Comox Valley Exhibition is celebrating cowboys’ historic connection to chili and celebrating the Exhibition’s theme of Cowboy Trails and 4-H Tales by holding a Chili Contest Aug. 28.

Beans, beef and biscuits were an integral part of working cowboy “grub” when herding cattle.

Dried beans were easy to carry, fairly non-perishable in the 19th Century, and there was a ready source of “beef” ambling alongside the chuck wagon.

To bring chili into the 21st century, there will be a contest Aug. 28 during the Comox Valley Exhibition.

The Chili Contest is open to amateurs and professional chefs. It will be held Aug. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Culinary Demo Booth near the entrance gate and the curling rink at the fairgrounds.

There is a $1 entry fee, and contestants must pre-register by Aug. 17 by calling the CVEx office at 250-338-8177 or online at www.cvex.ca.

The Chili Contest rules will be available on the CVEx website.

— Comox Valley Exhibition