Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce: Livermore Valley Rotary Chile Cook-Off A Community Festival


November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021 – Livermore, California – Carnegie Park came alive under beautiful fall skies on Saturday, October 23, when the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley hosted their first annual Chili Cook-Off. Hundreds of community members enjoyed the day listening to live music from Frankie Bones Project, Groovy Judy and Luna Fish while tasting local chili peppers. The Cattlewomen’s Association and Cabana Dave’s made the winning chilies.

Famous Judges, Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Mayor Bob Woerner, Livermore Police Chief Jeramy Young, Chamber of Commerce CEO Dawn Argula and Livermore Rodeo Queen Isabella Macchioni worked with chili adjudicator Barry Buckett to taste and evaluate the 13 chilies entered in the contest. Their favorite: the homemade taste of the special recipe of the Association of breeders. Second place was a tie between Cabana Dave’s and Posada. Third place was a three-way tie between Del Valle High School Culinary Academy, Goodness Village and Oyo Restaurant.

Throughout the day, all chili tasters were able to rate their favorites. The votes were counted to select The People’s Favorite – the winner: Cabana Dave’s. Second place went to Oyo restaurant and third place to Joe’s Double Barrel BBQ.

Roy the Magician entertained the children, while members of the Granada High School Interact Club offered them fall arts and crafts projects. The Quest Science Center conducted a paper rocket launch and the Zone 7 Water District taught the water cycle. Hysteria Lane Farm, in addition to offering soaps and lotions made from goat’s milk, brought in a kid for everyone to enjoy. The firefighters at Livermore Pleasanton Dublin made their signature chili and gave fire hats to the children.

Local breweries and wineries provided plenty of opportunities to quench your thirst. And the food trucks offered delicious alternatives to chili. More than two dozen artisans and exhibitors filled the park with their products and displays.

“I am very proud of our club for creating an event that brought so much fun to our community and also raised funds to enable us to support members of our community in need,” said Angelika Voss Quinn, president of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley. “Special thanks to Sherri Simoni for her creative vision and planning. We are already looking forward to the second annual Chili Cook Off in October 2022,” she added.

Funds raised through the purchase of chili, drinks and raffle tickets help the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley fulfill its mission of serving our local community. Fall scholarships will be awarded in November. Spring scholarships will be awarded in April. For more information on how Livermore Valley Rotary supports our community and how you can join the fun work of the organization, and for more photos from Chili Cook-Off, please visit their website:

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