Outer Banks Annual Chili Cookoff

Featured Event

To make the week even more exciting, there is also a Special Event….The Outer Banks Restaurant Association is “Bringing Back The Burn” with the second annual (return) of the beloved Outer Banks Chili Cookoff!!


On Saturday, October 26th beginning at Noon (start time), and going until 4:00pm (end time) and just $20 per person, at the Sea Ranch Resort parking lot, milepost 6.5 oceanfront on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills. (All tickets will be sold at the door, cash preferred)

Enjoy and taste chilis from your favorite restaurants, all competing for cash prizes and awards to see who is judged “Best of” in 4 categories.
Best Beef Chili
Best Non-beef Chili
Best Vegetarian Chili
Best OVERALL Chili

Everything from traditional to unusual chilis, all guaranteed to be delish,
from the following OBRA member restaurants:

Bonnie’s Bagels
Cafe Lachine (Chili Cookoff finalist 2012)
The Wreck Tiki Bar & Food (from Hatteras Island!)
Jolly Roger (Chowder Cookoff finalist 2012 and Taste of the Beach TOBY award winner 2013)
Saltydawg Smokehouse (winner of 2 category awards at the Outer Banks BBQ Showdown 2013)
Sugar Creek (Taste of the Beach TOBY award winner 2013)
Coastal Provisions (Chili Cookoff finalist 2012)
Beachside Bistro
Mama Kwan’s (Chili Cookoff finalist 2012)
Bonzer Shack
Salt Water Grill
Striper’s Bar & Grille
Black Pelican
…and more being added!
LIVE MUSIC by Soul One…Brent Nultemeier and friends

Brent Nultemeier SoulOne

All tickets will be sold at the door…
for just $20 per person (Adult 15 y/o+).
Kids (“Tweens”) 7-14 are just $10.
Kids 6 and under are FREE! (no drink included)
Please bring cash for easy transactions and fast admittance.


The Fine Print

This is a family friendly event. We ask that you act accordingly.
Your ticket includes TWO (2) beverages. There will be beer/wine/soda/water. If you desire another beverage, Beachside Bistro has a full cash bar in the restaurant, but your drink tickets will not be exchanged. (Have your photo ID with you for alcoholic service) You may purchase additional tickets for additional drinks at your leisure from the check-in table. No alcoholic beverages can leave the premises. No outside beverages will be permitted on the premises.
If you need to use a credit or debit card to pay for tickets, you will be asked to go inside the Sea Ranch Resort and ring through their front desk. This will take longer, (and cost us a few % in fees) so again we ask that you be prepared with cash.
This is a walk around event with no provided seating. There are grass areas in which you can sit or set up your own camp chairs. Feel free to bring a fold up chair if you will not be able to stand or walk around for the duration.
There are about 100 parking spaces available on site. Auxiliary parking is available at the nearby Second and First street beach accesses to the south (easily walkable), and 5th street beach access parking to the north. The Outer Banks University Pub Crawl bus will be on-site and running back and forth between these three additional access to deliver you to the Sea Ranch. We encourage you to hop on the bus and check it out inside with it’s flat screen TV’s, plush interior, full stereo sound system, we do have to say it’s pretty cool. There is no fee for use of the shuttle bus.


Post-Event Wrap up

We enjoyed a day of absolutely beautiful weather, fellowship and awesome food! 13 restaurants made 19 chilis to sample and we had nearly 300 people come out to enjoy the day. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen, thanks to SoulOne for the awesome live music, and especially thanks to the Sea Ranch Resort and staff for all their cooperation and support.
And the winners if the chili cookoff are…
Best Beef Chili… Mulligans with smoked brisket tomatillo chili
Best Non-beef Chili… Black Pelican with Venison chili
Best Veggie Chili… The Wreck
Best Overall… Mulligans.
Awesome day. Great turnout. Thank you all!!!
To see more pictures from the event, please go to our OBX Restaurant Week facebook page album link