We Present The 2016 Chilympics!
The 17th Annual Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook Off, a Grand Strand tradition, will be held Sunday, November 6th, 2016 in beautiful Murrells Inlet, SC at the Hot Fish Club, King Street Grille, and Morse Park.
This event draws thousands of residents and visitors to raise money for the Grand Strand Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, and has become a staple of Grand Strand events.
This year’s benefit, free and open to the public, begins at noon with chili samples available to purchase from over 40 area self-proclaimed “Chilimasters”. Categories of competition for this year are: Best Overall, Best Restaurant, People’s Choice, Hottest, Most Original, Best Vegetarian, Best Theme, and Best Use of South Carolina Products. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes will be given to the first place winners in each category.
In addition to trying some of the most inventive chili recipes, people come for the music, art, local crafts, and vendors. Last year attendance was estimated at 8,000 – 9,000 people, and we expect it to be even higher this year.
$2 sample tickets will be sold for chili. For the 17th year in a row we are proudly serving beers from New South Brewing Co. for purchase; beer tickets are $3 each, with a donation of $1 for an official Chilympics cup. The Grand Strand Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will also have a booth set up selling merchandise, including items made with biodegradable or recycled materials, information on the chapter and it’s activities, and how to get involved in the chapter.
This year we are asking participants and attendees to bring a non-perishable or canned food item to support the efforts of South Strand Helping Hand. A Kids’ Area with food, soft drinks, face painting, and inflatables will be available.
We will provide shuttle buses from the parking lots of Belin Methodist Church and the Creekside Cab office location. The shuttle buses will run a route approximately every 15 minutes from noon until 8 p.m.
A special thanks to this year’s sponsors: Better Brands, Don Q Puerto Rican Rum, Burnetts Vodka, Surfwater Promotions, Local Skateboard Co., the Hot Fish Club, King Street Grille, Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant, Ellev Advertising Agency, Palmetto Portables, Creekside Cab, Ron Jons, WYAV WAVE 104.1, WKZQ 96.1 FM.
Special thanks to Georgetown County Parks and Sheriff’s Office for working with us on this event. All proceeds from this event and others fund the projects of the Grand Strand Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded in 1984, Surfrider’s most important coastal environmental work is carried out by 57 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts.
The Grand Strand Chapter is comprised entirely of volunteers and serves the entire Grand Strand from Little River to Pawleys Island , encompassing both Horry and Georgetown counties. Our chapter works to keep our beaches and waves clean, educate the public, and protect beach access. For more information about the many projects and events in the area, please visit our website or join us on Facebook (Surfrider Grand Strand) to receive updates.
About The Chilympics!
The annual Chilympics Chili Cook-Off is a day full of chili, music, fun and more in beautiful Murrells Inlet, SC. This event draws thousands of residents and visitors to raise money for the Grand Strand Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and has become a staple of Inlet events. In addition to trying some of the most inventive chili recipes (over 36 entries in 2013), people come for the music, the art, and the local crafts. Since it’s beginning in 1999 attendance has grown to over 8,000 people annually and has raised over $300,000 for our chapter; we expect even more attendees this year, given the event has grown significantly over the years.
The event is our main fundraiser for the year, and helps our organization work on projects that benefit our community, from Cherry Grove to Georgetown. We will use funds for an anti-plastic bag campaign, Ocean Friendly Gardens placement at area parks, schools, and businesses, and to continue litter prevention and education efforts throughout Horry and Georgetown counties.
And The 2014 Winners Are…
Best Overall – Flying Fish Public Market & Grill “Lowcountry Seafood Chili” – $1000 cash sponsored by Native Sons
Best Restaurant – Rockin’ Hard Saloon “A-Pork-Alypse Pow!” – $1000 cash sponsored by Peligroso Tequila
People’s Choice – The Dead Dog Saloon – $500 cash sponsored by Woodwork Wines
Most Original – The Melting Pot “Great White Hype Mako Chili” – $300 cash sponsored by New South Brewing Company
Best Theme – Myla Bleier & Lilly Den Farms “Eye Opener Chili” – $300 cash sponsored by the Weekly Surge
Best Use of S.C. Products – Graham’s Landing Restaurant & Bar “1-Pepper Chili with Duck and Moo Cow” – $300 cash sponsored by Remedies Bar & Grill
Hottest – Greg Norman’s Australian Grille “South West Rubbed Waggu Beef & Chorizo Chili” $300 cash sponsored by Local Skateboard
Best Vegetarian – Crystal & Crystal’s “The Vegetation Sensation Chili” $300 cash sponsored by Ellev Advertising Agency and Fisher Recycling
Top Ten by Score –
Flying Fish Public Market & Grill “Lowcountry Seafood Chili” – 361
Rockin’ Hard Saloon “A-Pork-Alypse Pow!” – 349
On The 1/2 Shell “Beer Dog Chili” – 346
Greg Norman’s Australian Grille “South West Rubbed Waggu Beef & Chorizo Chili” – 335
Pawleys Island Tavern “Baa Baa Black Bean Chili” - 335
Bimini’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant “Smoked Tuna Chili” – 329
Vienna’s Pizza III – 322
Island Bar & Grill “S.C. Wild Life Chili” – 321
Dagwood’s Deli “The Super Bowl of Chili” – 317
Graham’s Landing Restaurant & Bar “1-Pepper Chili with Duck and Moo Cow” – 311
A special thanks to all of vendors, competitors, attendees, and volunteers for making this best Chilympics ever!