Thursday, February 16, 2017
Florida Catholic staff - Florida Catholic
CORAL GABLES | Competition was hot this past Sunday at the Knights of Columbus' annual Gables Chili Cook-Off and Music Street Festival on Catalonia Avenue. The event attracted more than 1,100 visitors and 11 organizations that vied to determine who makes the best chili in the community, while families enjoyed the music and activity.
Prizes were awarded in two categories: The People's Choice, based on ballots from the visitors who enjoyed samples from simmering chili pots at the various stands; and The Judge's Choice, based on a vote by a panel of prominent food judges.
The winners were:
- First place: Chef Alicja
- Second place: Down Syndrome Association of Miami
- Third place: Coral Gables Fraternal Order of Police.
- First place: Men's Emmaus Group from the Church of the Little Flower, Coral Gables
- Second place: Coral Gables Fraternal Order of Police
- Third place: Coral Gables Firefighters
This increasingly popular festival is a charitable event to benefit local veterans. It is organized by the Coral Gables Knights of Columbus and sponsored by Bacardi, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables, Fetes & Events, RivMan Charities, Doctors Hospital, Miami-Dade Military Affairs Board, Ball & Chain, IntercreditBank, and Gables Cigars.
“The uniqueness of our event was that we had the combined participation of civic, business, religious and charity organizations coming together under one umbrella in support of our local veterans," said Manny Gonzalez, Grand Knight. "We are planning an even bigger event for the third annual Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival."
Entertainers performing at the festival this year included: The Miami Heat Dancers, PALO Band (Grammy Nominee & Latin Grammy Nominee for "PALO! Live"), Ball and Chain, Seaspice Live, Jay Valor Band, Tyme Machine, 540's, Floyd the Rock Artist, and Paula Arenas.
Other competitors in the Chili Cook-Off contest were the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Hotel, Fetes and
Events, Knights Ladies, Society of American Military Engineers, Doctors
Hospital (Baptist Health System South Florida), and Boy Scouts of America Troop