One of the rare times you can get legislators, government officials, lobbyists and staffers together just for fun -- a no-politics zone that, for many, is the only time of the year they get to try wild game.

The General Assembly Wild Game Chili Cook-Off is an annual non-partisan, charitable event held in Richmond while the state legislature is in session. This FREE event for anyone who roams the grounds of Capitol Square – legislators, staff, lobbyists, and friends – and features a variety of wild game, tame meat, and vegetarian chili recipes from familiar faces around Virginia. 

Chief judges and record five-time winners Ron Tillett and Harold Ellis

Chief judges and record five-time winners Ron Tillett and Harold Ellis

Recipes from recent years have included wild boar, bison, venison, kangaroo, bear, moose, dove, goose, pheasant, caribou and elk. Judges select First, Second, and Third place winners as well as recipients of the 'Spiciest' and 'Most Hospitable Chef' awards. The Chili Cook-Off has been featured in the Food Network Magazine, Style Weekly, Richmond Navigator and The Virginian-Pilot.

2018 Event Details

WHAT: 27th Annual General Assembly Wild Game Chili Cook-Off
DATE: Thursday, January 18, 2018
TIME: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (winners announced at 7:00 p.m.)
ADDRESS: TBD
QUESTIONS: Contact Will Payne via email.

RSVP below with names of attendees by January 12:

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