Food Vendors &

Chili Judging


Vendor Applications are closed. Please check back May 1, 2021.


Food vendors serving chili are invited to enter the Chili Cook-off Competition.  Vendors can compete in the “Non-Food Service Business/Organization” division or the “Restaurant/Caterer” division. Non-food vendors are not accepted.
A first, second and third place is awarded in each division. Cash awards ranging from $100 to $300 will be presented to the winners during the festival. (The chili submitted for judging must be from the same pot you serve your customers.) Chili judging will take place at 3:15pm, Friday, October 11th on the main stage.  

All chili vendors will be provided with a “People’s Choice” bucket. This award is voted on by the people, $1 equals one vote. Festival attendees can vote for their favorite chili Friday and up to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. All proceeds from People's Choice will be donated to the Community Interfaith Food Pantry. All awards are announced at 5:00 pm on Saturday evening. 


NOTE: If you will be entering the Chili Cook-off Competition, your chili must be your own recipe.  No store-bought chili can be entered into the competition (the judges can tell the difference).  Chili can be made on-site or if making off-site can be reheated on-site.  Please follow all health codes with regard to preparing your chili. Click here for the current health code.


If you are a MOBILE FOOD VENDOR, the City of Belleville requires you to submit a separate application in addition to our entry application. If you have not previously applied for a license, you must do so to participate in the Chili Cook-off. This license is good for one year in Belleville. If you have a current license, please check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Any MOBILE FOOD VENDOR must have a valid license in their unit prior to set up.


Please refer any question regarding mobile food vendor information to the City of Belleville and/or forward your completed form to:

City of Belleville

101 S. Illinois Street

Belleville, IL  62220


Please contact the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce at (618) 233-2015 if you have any questions.


2021 Chili Judges: 


2020 Chili Judging Sponsor:

Festival Hours: 11:00am - 10:30pm 
Friday & Saturday, October 8 & 9, 2021

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Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 
216 East A Street | Belleville, Illinois 62220