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21st Annual Sarasota Firefighters Firehouse Chili Cook-Off, is This Sunday

The 21st Annual Sarasota Firefighters Firehouse Chili Cook-Off, is This Sunday, in front of Morton's Market in Sarasota.

Sunday, October 17, 2021.... Sample 13 Different Chili's from Firehouses all over Sarasota County and Beyond, plus the Sarasota Police Department,

The event runs from 2pm-5pm, however, you will not want to miss the spectacular and emotional Opening Ceremony, which will be held at 1:45pm.

There will be Live Music, Cold Drinks and Fun for All Ages. All in front of Morton's Market, at the corner of Osprey and Hillview in Sarasota, This Sunday, October 17th, 2021.

Aside from sampling all the great chili... all the Chili Teams will also be competing against each other for a few titles...

  • The title of the “Best Fire House Chili in Sarasota”
  • "Peoples Choice for the Best Chili"


  • "Best Booth". 

Admission is free and the Chili Tasting tickets are only $10 (which you get, at the event, when you arrive). You can also get them in advance at Morton's Gourmet Market.

Every year all monies raised are donated to the Sarasota Fireman’s benevolent fund, which is a 501-3c non-profit organization.  

There will also be celebrity judges in attendance, you can meet:

Honorary Celebrity Judges- Adyn and Abby. Adyn was made an Honorary Sarasota Fire Chief in 2018. Adyn (9) is a future firefighter. Adyn has been fighting the fight against Leukemia for over 4 years. Abby has been amazing sister to her brother and was very brave and donated her bone marrow to her brother

  • Mark Royals: 15 yr NFL Punter Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dolphins, Steelers, Jaguars
  • Steve Christie : 15yr. all pro NFL Kicker Bills, Chargers, Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • John Torchetti- Torchetti has been an interim head coach in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Florida Panthers, the Los Angeles Kings, and Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League (NHL). He served as an assistant coach with the Atlanta ThrashersDetroit Red WingsChicago Blackhawks, and the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL
  • Tripp Schwenk: 92 & 96 Team USA Olympic Gold & Silver Medal Swimmer Greg Pitts: Actor best known for his roles in Office Space, Coyote Ugly, and Grey’s Anatomy
  • Rex Troche: Interim Chief of the Sarasota Police Department
  • Rich Collins Director of Emergency Services at Sarasota County Government.
  • Mike Hartley-Assistant Chief of The Sarasota County Fire Department
  • John Hokanson- Sonny's BBQ Pit Master
  • Bob Harrigan: WWSB ABC 7 Chief Meteorologist
  • Maverick & Lulu - 92.1/103.1 CTQ Morning Show Hosts

Sarasota County Firefighter Lt. Ryan Jekonski joins Maverick & Lulu to talk all about the event, from how much fun it is and how the money raised, helps our local Firefighters.

Listen here.

The 21st Annual Sarasota Firefighters Firehouse Chili Cook-Off, is This Sunday, in front of Morton's Market in Sarasota.

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