Chili and country music were on the ticket Saturday for the cook off and jamboree
By Andrea Papagianis
Daisy dukes, cowboy hats and boots were all the hype Saturday as the Dana Point Chili Cook Off & Country Jamboree took over Sea Terrace Park.
The sun shone bright and the chili provided a swift kick in the mouth for attendees of the eight hour party hosted by the city of Dana Point and event production company, EventWerks.
With country tunes bumping from the speakers and high-octave notes being hit by the singers of Gold Rush Country and The Silverados, hundreds took to the park’s grassy knoll for an afternoon of soulful songs about lost loves and barn-raising good times.
Orange County food trucks served gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, ahi tuna sliders, garlic French fries, cupcakes, sushi and other culinary concoctions. But the main attraction for people Saturday afternoon was the International Chili Society sanctioned chili cook-off.
More than a dozen teams from across Southern California took part in the competition, serving up reds, greens and salsas for a judges and attendees alike.
The food was kickin’ and boots were a rockin’ at this year’s cook-off. The city’s event stretch continues next weekend with the first-ever California Celtic Classic and World Highland Games. Dozens of Celtic clans are expected to descend on Sea Terrace Park for a weekend of Celtic and American food, live music, ale and whiskey tastings, war reenactments and friendly competition.
The event will be home to the International Highland Games Federation Championships, which is expected to pull the world’s best competitors in saber tosses, stone puts, Scottish hammer throws and more. A tribute concert to U2 will wrap up the event, as L.A.Vation takes the stage Sunday afternoon. To find out more, go to www.calcelticclassic.com.