Paul Diprima and friends will spice things up in Rome when the 7th annual Chili Cook-Off makes its return to Ridge Ferry Park on Oct. 12.

“It’s Rome’s biggest outdoor cooking event,” Diprima said. “It’s just a really great, fun party.”

The Coosa Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s benefit features at least 80 teams vying for bragging rights as Northwest Georgia’s best chili chef.

At the event, some 50 judges will be sampling entries for taste, aftertaste, aroma and consistency.

The public also gets to vote for favorites, as well.

Winners get either a “People’s Choice Award” plaque or are crowned top team, complete with a $300 prize and the coveted title of “top chili chef.”

“The main thing is bragging rights — to be able to say, ‘I’ve got the best chili in the county, or Northwest Georgia,’” Diprima said.

Gates to the rain-or-shine event open at 10:30 a.m. with chili served at noon.

Live music — including jazz and spicy blues — and other attractions are planned.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children age 12 and younger, and free for toddlers.

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Proceeds from the cook-off will help support Trout Unlimited projects and the organization’s mission to conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds.

Trout Unlimited looking for ‘top chili chef’ contenders

Think you have the right recipe for earning a chili cook-off title?

Then Paul Diprima and the Coosa Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited want to show off your culinary skills in the 7th annual Chili Cook-Off.

Diprima said more chili cooks are needed and chefs should contact the organization immediately.

To enter, call Diprima at 232-3780, or pick up a mail-in entry form at local restaurants and businesses