Warner Robins to host first Chili and Cornbread Cook-Off

Sun News correspondentJanuary 15, 2014 

On Jan. 25, Warner Robins will launch its first Chili and Cornbread Cook-Off. The contest, hosted by the recreation department, is open to anyone who wants to prove that she or he has an award winning recipe.

The contest has two categories: cornbread and chili.

In preparation for the event, Ruby Hamb-Holmes, program director for the recreation department, discovered the many ways chili can be prepared.

“I’m a basic chili eater. But there are many different ways of fixing chili, and being that this is an international city, hopefully we’ll get a taste of the international part,” Hamb-Holmes said.

Interested parties can enter as an individual or as a group. Anyone can enter, and there are no age limits. The cost is $25 per entry. To enter in both the cornbread and chili categories, it’s $40. The deadline to sign up is Friday.

Official judging will take place 11-11:30 a.m. Jan. 25, and the first, second, and third-place winners will receive trophies.

In addition to the trophy awards, there is a chance to be named the People’s Choice winner. Attendees can pay $5 to sample all participants’ cuisine during the People’s Choice voting from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. They can then vote on their favorite for the People’s Choice award. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m.

All events will take place in the McIntyre Room of the Recreation Department, located at 800 Watson Blvd.

The contest is not just about declaring winners. It’s also about creating an event for families to enjoy and to showcase the different cultures in the community.

“Through our program department we try to implement new programs and activities for families in the community,” Hamb-Holmes said. “Warner Robins is known as The International City. What we’re looking for are ways to bring families and different cultures together.”

The Recreation Department also wants to demonstrate that it’s not just about athletics, and their programs can be educational. Plans and preparations for the event began in October.

To Program Secretary Brian Lee, “just offering something different for the community” is the most exciting part of the event.

“We really don’t have too much in terms of cook-offs in Warner Robins that I know about,” he said.

There are hopes the event will grow in the coming years. For more information, call the Programs Office at 478-293-1080.

Contact A.I. Carter at callexthea@gmail.com.

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