The focus is on chili Saturday and barbecued meats on Sunday. (Langley Advance files)

National chili and barbecue contests return to Langley City

Entrants earn bragging rights but local charities earn funds at the events Saturday and Sunday.

Let someone else do the cooking this weekend by stopping in at the 31st annual Canadian Festival of Chili and Barbecue Saturday and Sunday.

This festival boasts over $15,000 in cash and prizes with cooking taking place on site throughout the weekend. In fact since this is a barbecue contest, many of the entrants are onsite before the weekend slow cooking their contest entries.

On Saturday there’s the Canadian International CASI Chili Championships and on Sunday the BC BBQ Championships. It all happens outside of the Cascades Casino Resort.

This is the oldest and largest chili and barbecue contest in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

The public can stop by to try out the various dishes but there are also cooking demonstrations and vendors on site.

When visitors arrive on site they are greeted by a team of local firefighter volunteers. Visitors can receive a sampling wristband and a bowl of firehouse chili on Saturday or a sampling wristband and a pulled pork sandwich on Sunday from the firefighters.

The contest entrants, who come from far and wide, are vying for bragging rights and the chance to compete at higher level contests.

The public is helping raise funds for charity. Entry is by donation (minimum $5). All money from the wristband sales and a portion of team registration fees are donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. The event has raised more than $45,000 for this cause over the years.

Saturday events start at noon with the burger contest, a chef’s challenge, the chili contest and a kids’ cooking contest. Events wrap up around dinnertime.

On Sunday, the first contest (pork shoulder) is judged at 11 a.m. Contests then continue for the various barbecued meats, wrapping up around 4 p.m.

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People will meet local firefighters, who help out with the event. (Langley Advance files)

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