Now that winter has finally made itself known, it's time for the Kalamazoo Mall to warm us up with the Annual Chili Cook-Off, Saturday, January 26th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. It's absolutely FREE. If free chili doesn't warm your cockles, I don't know what will. And, back by popular demand, commemorative tasting spoons will be available for $5 at the Cook-Off Headquarters, Consumers Credit Union on the Mall. There you can also pick up your Chili Bingo Card that will be your guide through the participating Chili Stops and enter for a chance to win a Chili Cook-Off t-shirt. According to their Facebook Page:

Kalamazoo Chili Cook-Off is a Downtown Kalamazoo Retail and Restaurant Association (DKRRA) event that is put on by a volunteer committee, dedicated to the growth and success of our downtown community. Along with a growing list of amazing sponsors, the DKRRA works to continually grow and improve this event each year.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Where: Kalamazoo Mall - Consumers Credit Union
  • When: Saturday, January 26th - 11am to 2pm
  • Cost: Free (commemorative tasting spoons and t-shirts available for purchase)