Taste chili samples from some of St. Louis' most popular restaurants and help determine which one will win bragging rights for the Best Chili, People's Choice, Most Creative Chili and Best Decorated Booth, all while listening to live music and enjoying the historic Soulard Market neighborhood.
While parents sample chili, (and taste wine and craft beer if they'd like), kids will have a blast in the Kids Zone. Kids will enjoy a 40-foot pirate ship that has a slide, a rock wall and bounce house; fun games with great prizes, a face painter, balloon animals and free ice cream sandwiches!
Plus, Fredbird is scheduled to pay a visit to the festival at 3 p.m. (provided that the Cardinal games are played as scheduled).
The festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot at Lift for Life Academy, across the street from the historic Soulard Market.
For a donation of $7 in advance or $12 at the event, participants receive a Taste of Chili pass entitling them to a taste of every vendor's chili and the ability to vote for their favorites. Adults can also purchase a Taste of Beer/Wine and Chili pass entitling them to a taste of every vendor's chili as well as a commemorative tasting glass and four samples of craft beer or wine.
The purchase of a chili pass is optional for kids, who can share their parents' samples or enjoy food available for purchase at the restaurant booths.
Each adult pass purchased comes with five tickets to the Kids Zone.
The festival benefits Lift for Life Academy, an independent charter school with more than 500 students in middle and high school.
At Lift for Life Academy, 1731 S. Broadway, St. Louis. Click for a map and directions
More information and tickets: www.liftforlifeacademy.org