It may have been a little chilly lately, but with warm chili in the weekend forecast for Destin, why not spice up your life with a cook-off sponsored by the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club?
Starting at 3 p.m. today, the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club will host its 8th annual Chili Cook-Off at Destin's HarborWalk Village. This is the group’s first time hosting the event at HarborWalk.
With seven area restaurants and about 20 individuals entering their own secret recipes, the panel of six judges is going to have a hard time choosing the winners in each category.
Harry T's Lighthouse, Grande Vista Bar and Grill, Crab Island Cantina, AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, KC's Sandbar and Grill and Landshark's Pizza are the local eateries vying to bring home first, second or third place or to be chosen as the people's choice chili.
If you prefer eating to cooking — a $10 armband will give you free rein to graze and enjoy all of the chili the day has to offer.
Adding that extra kick, The DizzyJukes Band — with Joe Fingas on keyboard — will take the stage at 3:30 p.m. as temperatures continue to rise in the harbor.
At 6 p.m. everyone's favorite singing chef will take the HarborWalk stage. With a microphone in one hand and a spoon in the other, The Sauce Boss will sing his smooth blues and cook up a pot of his famous gumbo on stage, before passing bowls out to the crowd.
Chili and music are far from the only thing on today's agenda. A silent auction will be offered throughout the day at Harry T's Lighthouse for anyone interested in participating.
Auction items include spa packages, fishing trips, artwork and more.
If all of the spicy chili is getting to you, then make your way to Crab Island Cantina at 4:30 p.m. for a more adult contest — but leave the kids behind. Country 98.1 and Crab Island Cantina are hosting a "Lick em, shoot em, eat em," contest involving tequila shots.
The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club holds fundraisers and events year round, but this is typically one of the largest every year.
"We are expecting somewhere around 1,000 people," said Maggie Woods, marketing and events manager at HarborWalk Village.
All of the day's proceeds are going to the American Cancer Society, including armband sales and silent auction funds.
So make your way to the harbor and join the other chilly, chili-loving Parrot Head's and friends to sample the day's more than 20 unique chili selections and cast your vote for people's choice.
For more information on the event contact Larry Phelps with the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club at 420-6699 or call HarborWalk Village at 424-0600.