September 26th, 2015 – Orono Chili Cook-Off and Baking Competition

So happy to announce the Orono Chili Cook-Off & Baking Competition on September 26th, 2015.  This year is going to be another fun event! We are now seeking Chili Chefs, will you be this upcoming year’s Champion?

2015 Orono Chili Cook-Off

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Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Uncategorized


16th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Baking Competition is now looking for Chili Chefs & Bakers



























The 16th Annual Chili cook-off, pie Baking Contest & Auction

Orono, ON. – The Downtown Business Improvement Association will  The 16th Annual Orono Chili Cook-Off, Pie Competition and Auction on Saturday, September 27 from 11 am to 5 pm.  The Chili Cook-Off will take place outdoors on Main St.  It will feature chili tasting, live music by The Charles St. Band, and a live performance by K9 Central. There will be an activity area for kids.

Admission is FREE. Tasting Kits can be purchased for $5.00 each, children under 10 $2.00

The Cook Off will include approximately 25 booths serving Chili created by, community groups, businesses, firehouses and individuals. Among them will be Chili Winners, winners of the People’s Choice Award from the past years.

Chili Cook-Off attendees will receive a ticket containing one Voting Ticket. They will cast their votes by presenting their Voting Ticket to voting table. The booth ending the day with the most tickets wins bragging rights for the next year.

If you think your secret Chili Recipe can stand the heat of the competition, enter the contest today.

Entry deadlines is September 15.




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2013 Winner’s

Just wanted to send a shout out to last year’s Chili Cook-Off Winners!  We hope they will be returning for 2014.

Judges Choice Award 3rd Place – Herbal Magic Bowmanville/Port Hope Booth >12
Judges Choice Award 2nd Place – Jane and Judy D. >Booth11
Judges Choice Award 1st Place – Shelly D. >Booth16
Peoples Choice Award 3rd Place – Josh H.> Booth 29
Peoples Choice Award 2nd Place – Bonnie J. >Booth 17
Peoples Choice Award 1st Place – Shannon P Booth> 8

Best Booth Presentation – Annette H.> Booth 9

Golden Kettle Award – Alfred & Tracy D. Booth >13

We are now currently planning this year’s event, and are so excited for this upcoming year!

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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


Pie Anyone?



We have changed up the pie baking contest.  This year we are looking for the best:

Apple, Pumpkin or Blueberry Pie

What your secret to your family pie recipe? The crust? Special Ingredient in the filling? We’d love to hear your thoughts!


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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


Many Chili Recipes are passed down through the generations; some families prefer Fire Alarm Hot, Heat with a little bit sweet and or Vegetarian. The best thing with Chili is it can be so versatile. It’s great on a cold afternoon; it tastes even better the next day.

Simple Chili Recipe

2 lbs Ground beef

1 can of five bean mix blend

1 can Kidney beans

1 red sliced bell pepper

1 diced white onion

Chili Power

Dash of hot sauce

1 cup diced mushroom

1 can tomato paste

1-2 Cans of Tomato Sauce (depending on how thick you would like your chili


Cook your hamburger until it reaches the temperature of 160F, and then brown your 2lbs of hamburger,

While you hamburger is cooking prepare your vegetables,

Sautee vegetables in a sauce pan

Add the cooked vegetable to your cooked 2lbs of Hamburger in a large cooking pot.

Add the rest of ingredients into you cooking pot

Let it simmer on low, 4-5hrs.

This is a basic chili recipe, and you can tweak it to suit your taste. Do you prefer Fire Hall Hot or Sweet and Mild? What is your family chili recipe?


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Posted by on August 16, 2013 in Uncategorized


Orono Chili Cook-Off 2013 – Save the Date

Orono Chili Cook-Off Save the Date

We are only a few months away from this years’ Orono Chili Cook-Off.  Are you going to compete in this year’s event.  We will soon have the registration forms available online.

Orono Chili Cook-Off will take place Saturday, September 21 so mark your calendars!  All the great details will follow shortly.

Stay Tuned!

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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in Uncategorized


Our Chili Cook-Off Winners for 2012 are….

Winners of the Orono of the 14th Annual Chili Cook-off were:

Judges Choice Award: 1st – Mark Holmes Family (booth #9) 2nd, Josh Hansburger (booth #10) 3rd, Shawn Phillips (booth #5).

People’s Choice Award: 1st, Trail Hogs – Pat Hegan & Friends (booth #1) 2nd, Annette Harness (booth #7) 3rd, Mark Holmes Family (booth #9)

Best Booth Presentation: Heather Maitland & Jaylene Chapman (booth #3)

The PIE AWARDS went to: Best Tasting Apple: Jane Ann Tillson Best Presented Apple: Manon Lavigne

Best Tasting Pumpkin: Jane Ann Tillson Best Presented Pumpkin: Jane Ann Tillson

Best Tasting Coconut Cream: Manon LavgineBest Presented Coconut Cream: Manon Lavigne

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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Uncategorized