One of the obvious major themes and major attractions at the Chili Cook-Off is the CHILI. And a lot of chili tasting will be available with flavors of all kind in abundance.

The Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off is one of MANY Chili events as officially sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS). We won’t bog you down here with all the rules and details of the ICS, but suffice to say these cooks take their chili seriously. Also taking this seriously is our panel of ICS trained judges. What’s at stake no less is that a local winner can advance to regional, state, national and ultimately the ICS World Championships.

At the TO Chili Cook-Off there are three official ICS entry categories: Red Chili, Chili Verde, and Salsa. Additionally, there are two additional categories that are bit outside ICS guidelines, we call People’s Choice: For Non-Professionals, and for Restaurants. Add to that is an award for the Best Decorated Booth.

In addition to the obvious bragging rights, there are also CASH awards, ranging from $50 to as high as $1000.

So whether you’re a casual chili fan or your own chili-chef perfectionist, it’s certain your taste buds will be thrilled. From the sublime and “yummy” to “whoa!” and “yikes” we hope you’re all ready for the 2016 Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off.

And in case you haven’t noticed, it’s all on Sunday, April 24th, 11am-6pm, at Conejo Creek North.