Gatlinburg Cooks Up Exciting Fall Celebration with Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff Presented by Bush’s® Chili Beans

Celebrate the season with a bowl of fall’s favorite dish at the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff Presented by Bush’s® Chili Beans on Wednesday, November 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown. Festival-goers can enjoy chili samplings from Gatlinburg’s top area restaurants, live performances from Tom Petty tribute band, the Petty Hearts, activities, Hot Chili Eating Contests and more at this family-friendly event. This year visitors can expect to jam out when renowned Tom Petty tribute band, the Petty Hearts, take center stage for an unforgettable live performance.

The band will begin their performance at 6:15 p.m. on the Bush’s Best Stage. Bluegrass band Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier will kick off the musical entertainment earlier in the evening at 5:15 p.m. Later, the competition heats up for festivalgoers partaking in the Hot Chili Eating Contest at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The festival’s chili vendors will also be battling it out again this year for the coveted People’s Choice, Best Booth Presentation and other categorical awards. While the event is free, tickets for chili samplings are $10. Children 5 years of age and under can sample free of charge. Ticket booth entrance points will be located at 705 Parkway and River Road, with the River Road booth opening as early as 3 p.m. on the day of the event.

Participating chili vendors are as follows:

Bush’s Visitor Center Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery SCUD/Northview Academy
Cliff Top Bar & Grill Sensible Concrete Works Hilton Garden Inn
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Cicis Pizza Alvin’s Kitchen
Savannah Bee Company Ober Gatlinburg Doc’s 321 Café
Gatlinburg Police Department Fox & Parrot Tavern Exit Realty Pros
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Ole Red Gatlinburg Paula Deen Retail Store
Boogie Nights Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Bar Delauder’s BBQ
Mellow Mushroom Pucker’s Sports Grill Landshark Bar & Grill
Gatlinburg Fire Department Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina Wine-A-Little & Tapas Bar

Sponsors for this event include Bush’s® Chili Beans, All Sauced Up, Food City, Gatlinburg Rotary Club, and Pi Beta Phi PTA. Everyone is invited to the community celebration. For more information on Gatlinburg’s Chilli Cookoff event, visit