If you have been living in Dongguan for a few years, you must have heard about the Dragons Chili Cook-off. This year, it will be on November 10 at One for the Road. Pencil it in on your calendar! For newbies: The Chili Cook-off is an annual fundraising event, created by Chris Kelly who started it eight years ago at Thirsty Dog restaurant on Bar street. Since its inception there has always been a good turnout with participants and spectators, and following the first one it became a fundraising event for the Dongguan Dragons Baseball Club, which is free for kids in the Dongguan community.
On November 10, starting in the morning, 12 teams will begin cooking at 9 am and chili tasting starts at 3 pm for the public. Six to seven American judges will select the top three teams by completing a blind tasting with a score sheet. Besides that, there will be a trophy for “The Best Theme” awarded by the organizers, and a trophy dedicated as “The People’s Choice” handed out by participants. During the event, many items in the raffle will be given away to attendees and auction items can be bid on to help raise additional funds. If you can’t be there but would like to help, personal and company donations are accepted and appreciated. Darren Quon, one of the original organizers since the first Chili Cook-off, and also a coach from the Dragons, shared his views on the event: “I’m most impressed by how many people in our community come out each year to support the Dragons during the event,” he continued, “Each year the event grows bigger with more people are getting involved.”