The 18th Annual Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook Off, a Grand Strand tradition, will be held Sunday, October 8th, 2017 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 30 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.