TrailFest Chili

Warren Mahan and Rachel Sharp accept the People's Choice Award on behalf of the 2014 TrailFest Chili Team

Warren Mahan and Rachel Sharp accept the People’s Choice Award on behalf of the 2014 TrailFest Chili Team

Enjoy Our Award Winning Recipe!

The members of the Central Valley Rails to Trails Foundation participate in chili cook-offs in communities along the rail corridor that we would like to convert into a trail.  Besides the fun of cooking and visiting with our friends and neighbors, these events allow us to keep telling the story of rail trails and their potential to provide safe routes for non-motorized transportation.

We have also found out that we make a mean pot of chili!  We have won many of these competitions over the years including the California State Championship at Woodbridge Winery on October 20, 2012!  Most recently, the TrailFest Chili Team took the Woodbridge People’s Choice Award in October of 2014.

Enjoy your own pot of chili using our award winning recipe below.  Some of the ingredients must be ordered online, so replace with your favorite flavors to keep it simple. The portions are designed to make a 4 gallon pot of chili – so you will need to reduce the amounts – unless you have a large group to feed!