The 5th Annual SLV Chili Cook Off  on Saturday, November 3, 11:30 am -4:30 pm at the Felton Covered Bridge Park, Felton, CA will be a fundraiser for Felton LIbrary Friends.  All proceeds will go to support enhancements and programming in the new Felton Library and Nature Discovery Park.

Chili Cookoff Flyer

There will be live music, local beer and wine, and a huge raffle featuring prizes from local businesses and several Bay Area sports teams including:

  • $250 Warriors bobble head gift pack
  • Andre Iguodala autographed hat and photo
  • 4 tickets to Giants game with huge swag bag of bobble heads
  • SF Giants autographed ball (Nick Huntley)
  • Authentic Stephen Curry Jersey – Youth XL
  • Additional Giants/Warriors/49ers gift bags!

“We’re thrilled to be the beneficiary of this years’ Chili Cook Off, and to work with organizers Cary and Jenny Coleman,” said Gaylynn Firth of the FLF Events Team.  “We’re looking forward to bringing our display with images of the Felton Library and Nature Discovery Park project to the event to share with all the chili enthusiasts.”

Funds raised will go towards essential amenities and programming support for the new library and park. This unique combination will  will open early in 2020, and will offer free access to resources and programs for all ages, with an emphasis on understanding and protecting our environment. Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce McPherson said. “Once complete, this will be a new community hub for the San Lorenzo Valley, a beautiful place to gather and learn.”

Previous year’s SLV Chili Cook-Off events have raised money for other nonprofits in the SLV such as Glen Arbor School, San Lorenzo Valley Museum and the Boulder Creek Rec Center. Cary Coleman took over the reins of the event in 2016, moving from competitor to producer, along with his wife Jenny Coleman.

Cary (who holds bragging rights from previous years with Most Tasted and People’s Choice awards) received  the coveted title of SLV “Chili King” from the Press Banner after competing in the 36th Annual Palo Alto Chili Cook Off last summer – taking home 1st place amongst some steep competition. Cary’s response, “Now that I am producing the SLV Cook Off, I no longer have the opportunity to compete in this local event so competing in Palo Alto the past 2 years is  a lot of fun—I was honored to take FIRST PLACE…and yes, there are people in Palo Alto that still don’t know where the SLV is is – they do now.”

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