Chili Festival Vendor Form

Vendor Participation Criteria

  • A table and linens will be provided and set up for each participating vendor, however the vendor will be responsible for setup/breakdown of their station.
  • Vendor will prepare tasting table(s) showcasing their establishment’s best chili, cornbread, cheese, salsa, chocolate chip cookies, wine/beer, etc.
  • Vendor will provide tasting quantity for approximately 500 guests.
  • Vendor will provide all equipment needed for heating/serving all tastings.
  • Due to space limitations we ask for no more than 2 staff per table – please contact Gia McCormack if you will require more staff. Please plan on carpooling as parking spots are limited
  • Please plan to arrive at approximately 8:30 am on the morning of March 13th. You will receive more complete instructions and an arrival schedule closer to the event date.
  • An assigned time will be given to Chili vendor to submit samples to judges table for judging.

Vendor Benefits

  • Business Name on Premier Cares Foundation Website and Facebook page
  • Business Name listed on Chili Event T-shirts, if commitment is received by February 12, 2016
  • Business Name guaranteed on the second printing of the event flyer/registration form if commitment is received by February 12, 2016.
  • Business Name displayed on posters day of event
  • Vendor information can be displayed on table throughout event

We encourage all vendors to get into the spirit of our Chili Festival by decorating their tables and dressing staff in “Country Flare” (cowboy boots, denim, cowboy hats, overalls, etc.). Awards will be presented for “Best Theme” and “Best Attire.”

As an added benefit, we will provide vendors with 2 event t-shirts and tasting wristbands to sample all of the delicious fare available at the event.

Please let us know if your restaurant or business would like to donate a gift certificate for the event raffle. We hope to use the raffle to raise additional funds for patients in need, and would sincerely appreciate any gift certificate donations!

Judging and Awards

  • Judging will take place before the event opens to the public. Estimated judging time is 9am-12pm, and all vendors will be given their assigned judging time(s) in advance of the event.
  • Vendors may enter 2 types of chili for judging – one in the vegetarian category and one in the non-vegetarian category. Vendors may enter cornbread and chocolate chip cookies for judging. 5 awards will be presented for Chili:
    • “People’s Choice Chili,” as voted by the event attendees
    • The “Premier” Chili Award, as voted by the Culinary Judge panel
    • People’s Choice Vegetarian Chili
    • “Premier” Vegetarian Chili
    • NEW THIS YEAR “Most Creative” Chili
  • 4 awards will be presented for Cornbread & Chocolate Chip Cookies:“People’s Choice Cornbread & People’s Choice Chocolate Chip Cookie,” as voted by the event attendees, and the “Premier” Cornbread Award &“Premier” Chocolate Chip Cookie, as voted by the Culinary Judge panel.

Chili Festival Vendor Form

Notes: Only chili, cornbread and chocolate chip cookies will be judged. Food served other than chili and cornbread is subject to approval by Premier Cares Foundation. Vendors may serve up to 2 types of chili at their station (i.e. one vegetarian, one meat), and may submit one type of chili for judging in each category – vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Premier will provide tasting cups and spoons to vendors to serve their samples, however if samples require different serving containers it is the responsibility of the vendor to provide them.

Please submit the registration form above or click here to download the form to fill out and return by email to Gia McCormack or you may mail it to Gia McCormack at Premier Cares Foundation, P.O. Box 93, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569.