Shaka Pops Maui is proud to be a sponsor of the 3rd CASI Hawaii State Chili Championship at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill on Sunday, August 2, 2015. To like us on Facebook click here!
Escape the summer heat and drive upcountry to experience heat of a different kind. The third annual Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) Hawai‘i State Chili Championship Cookoff will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Ulupalakua Ranch from 11am to 3pm. The cookoff will be the focal point of the Ranch’s free “Sunday Drive” event at Maui’s Winery that brings hundreds of locals and visitors upcountry to enjoy a day of food, fun and local entertainment featuring music by the Haiku Hillbillys and Bradda Francis.
There will be two chili categories, CASI Rules Chili and People’s Choice Chili, both which must be cooked on site the day of the event. CASI chili must be prepared from scratch (no commercial chili mixes) and contain no discernable fillers (beans, rice, pasta, vegetables, etc.). “Anything goes” for the People’s Choice category, so the more adventurous chili enthusiasts can participate without feeling limited.
Visitors can watch as avid home chili cooks and businesses like 808 on Main, Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon, Maui Brewing Company, Iron Imu BBQ, and Whole Foods battle for chili supremacy with their best “bowl of red.” In adherence to CASI rules, the chili is tasted blind and is judged on five criteria: Aroma, Red Color, Consistency, Taste, and Aftertaste. The CASI judging table will include Mayor Alan Arakawa, restaurateur Karen Christenson of Mama’s Fish House, and Executive Chef Isaac Bancaco of the Andaz Wailea Resort. A number of judging seats will also be open to the general public on the day of the event.
A selection of prizes donated by event sponsors Ulupalakua Ranch Store, Maui’s Winery and Shaka Pops will be awarded to the ten highest finishers including a hand-painted cook stove for the Hawai’i State Champion. The top three Hawai‘i resident cooks qualify to compete at the legendary Terlingua International Chili Championship (TICC) in Texas on November 7, 2015.
In the People’s Choice category the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite chili. The Maui 4-H Livestock Association will be selling tasting kits ($5 for 5 chili samples) with all proceeds benefitting the non-profit organization. Public sampling runs from 12:15pm to 2:00pm and winners will be announced at 2:30pm.
Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill executive Chef Will Munder will be serving up ono grinds featuring ranch-raised beef, elk and lamb burgers and other specials from 10am to 5pm. The Maui 4-H kids will be selling Shaka Pops, with $1 from each pop going to the 4-H. There will also be keiki and adult popsicle eating contests beginning at 1:30pm. As this is a fundraising event, no outside food or beverages are permitted and the public is invited to bring low back chairs or blankets to enjoy the entertainment.
CASI is a non-profit organization that promotes chili appreciation and raises over $1 million annually for local charities and its scholarship fund. Now in its 49th year, CASI sanctions over 500 U.S. and international cookoffs each year as qualifying events for the Terlingua International Chili Championship.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Maui 4-H Livestock Association. CASI is a non-profit organization that promotes chili appreciation and raises over $1 million annually for local charities and its scholarship fund. Now in its 49th year, CASI sanctions over 500 U.S. and international cook offs each year as qualifying events for the Terlingua International Chili Championship. Visit www.chili.org for further information.
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