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Welcome to the Sunshine State Chili Pod !!!!!!!
Where you can find Chili , Charity , and Fun !!!!!!!!!!!!


Chili cookoffs are held in virtually every state and in many countries around the world. Usually held as fund-raising events for charity, they serve also as an outlet, a hobby, for countless competition chili cooks. Everyone loves Mom’s chili and everyone seems to have the recipe to end all recipes. So the reason for chili cookoff competition is to settle the score and, in the process, raise money for a good cause. Chili is cooked on site and from scratch. A panel of judges, using a blind selection process, determines the winners.

Cooking competition chili can be a rewarding experience. Seasoned competition chili cooks enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow cooks and especially enjoy the opportunity to exercise their “bragging rights” when they have won or placed in a chili cookoff contest.

The new chili year to earn points towards the International Championship in Terlingua, Tx begins each year October 1 thru Sept the next year.  Wishing everyone luck on getting those points.  Upcoming events below.

You do not have to be a CASI member to participate in a CASI chili cookoff.  Membership is needed if you want your points to go to the International Championship in Terlingua each year.




If you know of a location to hold an event please contact me and I'll try to get the event going. We are always looking for new locations and new charities to work with. Our services are free and the money at the end of the day goes to the days charity.

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Upcomings Events




All out events have two divisions (Open – anyting goes)  CASI (made by scratch on site, with no fillers as in beans, chunks of veggies, corn, etc.)








March 15, 2014 - Jacksonville, FL


3rd USO Help on the Home Front Chili Cookoff  (CASI AND OPEN DIVISION)


Held at Fleet Reserve Assoc.

5391 Collins Road, Jacksonville, FL

RV Parking available.

Cooks rates at Best Western and La Quinta


Casi Division Turn in High Noon, Open Division 1PM. Entry fee $20 CASI / $15 OPEN


Contact Chuck Stock: 904-272-0505


Come on out and join us on the chili trail for an afternoon of fun, food and entertainment.


Tasting Kits will be sold to raise $$$ to send care packages to the troops!!





March 29, 2014  


O'Leno Ole' Chili Cookoff


High Springs, FL


5th Annual Chili Cookoff. Friends of O'Leno Inc a 501 (c) (3) non profit that raises funds for special projects in the Park. This year we will be having the Spring Celebration event along with the cook off plus we are trying a beer tent. Breakfast table will be set up in the dining hall as usual at 7:30-or-8am.


Two Catagories: OPEN and CASI (casi rules) $20 per catagory or $35 both.


Turn in 1PM.


O'Leno State Park. 6 miles North of High Springs Hwy 441. Camping available at O'Leno State Park (with hookups)   Rent cabins or Rv for reservations. Springs Country Inn 386-454-1565 High Springs Cadillac Motel 386-454-1701       Bed& Breakfast: Grady House B & B 386-454-2206 Rustic Inn B & B 386-454-1223 Motels in Alachua: Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Days Inn.


Harriet Walsh 386-454-4806


Most cooks stay on site in the cabins or rv park.  We do pot luck dinner on Saturday night at the main cabin and if the weather is dry a bonfire.  If you love nature you’ll love this event. This park is beautiful!!






April 19, 2014  for more information


Venice, FL Airport


Suncoast BBQ Bash


Florida State BBQ Contest and CASI Chili Cook-off

The Best Chili On The Suncoast Contest (CASI AND OPEN DIVISIONS)


Venice Airport Festival Grounds.


  FBA $10,000 BBQ Cook-Off

  People's Choice Tasting Tent

  Live Entertainment

  BBQ Training Kitchen

  Street Rod & Custom Car Show

  Community Corner

  VIP BBQ Dinner

  Mountain Crafts Exhibit

  Folk Dance School


You can park your RV on site, no hook ups. Contact Don at for more information if you want to park on site.




OCT 2014


TWO DAY COOKOFF: (You do not have to participate in both days)


This event is held at Natures RV Resort on the waterfront

RV sites and Cabins available at special rates for Chili Cooks, call Frieda at 800- 301-7880 for reservation at the chili rate. Friday and Saturday night cooks get together at the marina lounge (on site) for cocktails and karaoke.


Oct  2014, Saturday, CASI Florida State Chili Championship


Registration for judging cups will be on the deck by the pool between 9-10 A.M.


Three categories:


CASI $20 CASI Rules  (you do not have to be a CASI member to participate)

            Top 3 winners automatically qualify for the Int’l Championship in Terlingua, Tx. 2015.

OPEN $20 Anything goes  

Both $30

Jrs Division (17 and under) $10  


Category rules: 






JR:  Anything goes and can be made before event.  You need to have a booth to give out chili.


TURN IN TIMES FOR JUDGING:  OPEN: NOON               JR:  NOON                   CASI: 2PM


We will be selling tasting cups to the public.  We are asking you to make 2 gallon of chili to give to the public.  You can make this chili before the cook-off and then serve at your booth. 


Charity to benefit this cook-off: Citrus County Blessings, Kyle Sisson Medical Fund, and Citrus County Anti-Drug Coalition


Oct 2014, Sunday


Sunshine State Chili Pod Cook-Off.  CASI DIVISION ONLY. CASI RULES. Entry fee $15, turn-in 1PM.


Contact Candi or 561-379-8995 for any questions.




Nov 1, 2014- Terlingua TX CASI. Terlingua International Chili Champ Cookoff. Held at Rancho CASI De Los Chisos. Must be qualified to cook. Thursday is CASI Redneck Olympics, golf cart parade and more contests to be announced. Friday is National Scholar ship Day competition Beans, Salsa Hot Wings. Sunday is the Chili Cookoff. Saturday is the big day for all who worked so hard thru the year that earned their points to compete.  Good Luck!!


Feb  2015 : CASI CCO /  OPEN Division Also


February 2015 12-6 pm
Festival Park | Orlando

Be a part of the 6th Annual Orlando Chili Cook-off! The Orlando Chili Cook-off is produced by Events for Change, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the motto: "Good Times for a Great Cause."

Better Event Site! Drive-on for easier access, shady areas, lush green lawns, water and electric access

  • $5000 in great prizes & trophies!
  • People's Choice Award has been increased to $1500! (Must make a minimum 7.25 gallons of chili can be made before the event) The more you make the better your chance to win!
  • CASI Cooks:  Chili for judging has to be made on site by scratch.  2 gallons of chili require to give out to public can be made before hand.  
  • Entertaining, family-friendly event: live bands all day, Kid's Zone, Craft Beer Tent, wine & ice cold Miller Lite and more!
  • All for a Good Cause: Proceeds for the 2014 Orlando Chili Cook-off will benefit Special Olympics Florida.

Ken Roberts


Or Give us a call @ 407-777-8309.


For Hotels 2 miles from CCO go to  click on travel.  (Crown Plaza)

OR………If you don’t mind making the drive, Casi cooks will be staying about 20 miles from the cook-off site next to Old Town in Kissimmee.  Old Town has restaurants, shops, bars, rides, vintage car show and more.  We enjoy having our cooks party there Saturday night.  There are hotels walking distance.  There is also a RV resort/CABIN rental called Tropical Palms Resorts.  That’s where I’m staying.




Feb 2015  


Sarasota/Bradenton Chili Cook-Off


Held at 8415 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34243, in the parking lot in front of Floor and Decor. Benefits City Reach. CASI rules apply. Entry fee $20, turn in 12:00PM. Registration deadline to guarantee space available 1/20/2014. Make checks payable to The Source. Contact Brad Heck 5412 East State Road 64, Bradenton, FL 34208. 941-592-3349 ; cityreach@tapin​



The Chili Appreciation Society International's mission is to promote chili and raise money for charity. Each year, nearly ten thousand cooks share their chili fun and good deeds with each other, public, and sponsors at 600 CASI cookoffs, throughout the U.S. and neighboring countries. These CASI-sanctioned events raise over a million dollars, annually, for local charities and provide a chance for cooks to qualify for the Terlingua International Chili Championship. Come on in and find out how you can share our fun and charity. A 501(c)(3) Corporation
Chartered to Raise Money for Charity through the Promotion of Chili

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