On Sunday, March 5th, the 15th Annual WMSE Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser a chili competition that pits over 50 Milwaukee restaurants, cafes and caterers against one another to determine the city’s best chili as voted on by event attendees. Awards are given to winners in five different categories: best meat, best vegetarian, most unique chili, best heat, and best vendor display/presentation. The 2017 event features an expanded venue that includes the 1st floor gymnasium and the second floor field house at The MSOE Kern Center.

Once again there will be chili pepper races in the mold of Miller Park sausage races, AWE’s children’s area and music.

Buy tickets right now.  You can purchase them here. Advance tickets are $12 and include 4 chili samples. Additional Chili sampling tickets can be purchased at the event for $1 each. Bring two or more non-perishable food items and donated them to the Hunger Task Force and you’ll receive two additional sample tickets.

Taking a cue from the Milwaukee Brewers, we’ll once again host the three chili pepper races with racers wearing costumes custom-made by WMSE volunteer, Christina Ward. The races will take place on the second level field house track at Noon and 2pm, with the final heat closing out the event at 4pm.

Since 2013 Artists Working in Education (AWE) has provided children’s programming in our children’s area, where their warm, family friendly artists, staff and volunteers will be heating things up with art making activities for rockabilly boys and girls of all ages.

Tickets are also available at the WMSE studios at 820 N. Milwaukee Street M-F, 9am-6pm. Children 10 and under enter free.

Paid parking is available across the street from Kern Center in the 780-car parking complex below Viets Field.

The full list of competitors will be announced Friday, February 3

McBobs Pub and Grill (last year’s winner of best heat)
Puddler’s Hall
St. Francis Brewery
Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub
Lakefront Brewery
Saz’s State House
The Bay
Vanguard (last year’s best meat winner)
Beans and Barley
Milwaukee Ale House
MOTOR Bar & Restaurant
Outpost Natural Foods
Colectivo Coffee
Cafe Centraal
Riverwest Co-op Café (last year’s winner of best veggie)
Nessun dorma
Hi Hat & The Garage
Good Harvest Market
Hue Vietnamese Restaurant, (last year’s winner for most unique.
Hello Falafel
Brewed Café (winner best display)
Fuel Café
Story Hill BKC
Blue’s Egg
Wicked Hop
Gypsy Taco
The Old German Beer Hall
Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub
Hector’s a Mexican Restaurant
Cafe Corazon
Comet Café
Balzac Wine Bar
Shakers World Cafe and Cigar Bar
Company Brewing
The Phoenix Cocktail Club
Jack Rabbit Slims
The Farmers Wife
Centro’ Cafe
Real Chili

Rockabilly Chili’s is presented by:

Milwaukee Brewing Co., who will be serving their craft brews to attendees
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

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