Ack! I totally forgot to blog about this last week.
The Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cookoff is long gone (June 1), but for the sake of reminding myself what I should try next year, I am documenting it anyway.
The Tustin News did a full report of the chili cook-off winners as named by the International Chili Society, but here are the favorites as named by the Supercool Spicy Sexy Chili Society (my sister, boyfriend, and myself):
Out of the dozen or so we tried, my boyfriend's top pick was Duffy's Fantail Chili (front), which placed fourth in the aforementioned judging. It was just all-around good, flavorful chili -- one of my favorites, too.
The chili in the mini bread boule, for which I can't recall the name, was fricken' adorable but much too salty.
My sister's favorite was the Spice Girls Chili. I forgot why. I think because of the tomatoey flavor.
Mine was the Fire Ant Chili. It was unique, smoky and had a really nice kick. Y'know, it had "layers of flavor," and all that jazz.
I also really liked the Paradise Chili, which I forgot to photograph. Mostly, I think I liked it because it had corn in it. Everything is better with corn. You should know that by now.
And to cool off, Repicci's mango-flavored Italian ice was the perfect treat on this scorching summer day:
Next year I must remember to try:
Blue Ribbon Chili (sold out before we even arrived)
Ring of Fire Chili
Oh, and we overheard people talking about steak chili... but could not find the vendor ourselves.
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Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cookoff
El Camino Real & Main Street