Family Fun: Tucker Chili Cook off 2013

Tucker Chili Cook off 2013 is this Saturday (March 16, 2013)

Tucker Chili Cook-off event

Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Tucker?  Join the Old Town Tucker Merchants Association and the Local No. 7 Bar and Grill as they host the second annual Tucker Chili Cook-off this Saturday, March 16.  The festivities take place on Main Street in Tucker from 1 – 5 p.m.

For just $5 per entry, you and the kids will be fed and entertained while you visit the many vendor tables and sample your share of chili as prepared by chefs from restaurants all over Atlanta, both professional and home-based.  They will all be competing for your vote for “best,” so be ready to select your favorite and cheer them to victory at the end of the day.  Judges will also be tasting each entry and announcing a winner at the end of the event. Last year’s best overall winner was Barlow’s Tavern, which was recently renovated as part of the Reality Show “Bar Wars.”  Will the new look of Barlow’s help them win for a second year in a row?  Or will a newcomer take the trophy and the bragging rights? We’ll find out on Saturday as there are currently more than 25 chili “teams” signed up for the event this year.

Tucker Chili Cook-off event

There will be live music all day and plenty of water (and other beverages for both adults and kids) to cool you off after sampling the hot, spicy and exotic recipes.  Vendors will line the streets, which will be blocked off for pedestrian traffic only.  Not only will vendors be competing to win best tasting chili awards, but they will also be trying to win for the most original booth design.  Last year’s event also included some arts and crafts tables, face painting for the kids and some wacky contests.  You can also walk along the cobblestone sidewalks and check out the many new stores that have opened in this growing and attractive downtown district.  Tucker has freshened up its look, but still has that Old Town charm.

This year the event will also be raising funds for the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center (DRCC).  So, bring the family out this Saturday and meet some of the great folks in Tucker who also make great chili!  For more information, visit:

Photo credits: 2012 Tucker Chili Cookoff courtesy of Local 7

About Cheryl Miller
Cheryl Miller gave up her corporate, cut-throat career as a Marketing Research Manager for CNN in Atlanta for the “simple life” of a devoted wife and Mom of a fun-loving first grader. She blogs about the schools and cell towers on her group’s website: and writes news and opinion pieces for the Tucker Patch.  She has lived in DeKalb County for 13 years, the past 10 have been in Tucker. She hopes to bring some humor to her postings and help her Tucker community attract some new fans to its local events, kid-friendly restaurants and shoppes and other attractions