Joplin Empire Market to Host 4th Annual Chili Cookoff

(Joplin, MO) – Join us this Saturday, January 21 for the 4th Annual Joplin Empire Market Chili Cookoff! Our Engineer’s Hall will be full of local cooks vying for the title of Best Chili! Prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants, as decided by our panel of judges. There will also be a prize for “All-Market Chili,” given to the contestant who uses the most ingredients from Empire Market vendors, and a “People’s Choice Chili,” which visitors can vote on by putting dollar bills in the contestants’ jars.

Public tasting begins at 11:00 am in the Engineers Hall (Hall 3). A $5 suggested donation will allow you to visit all contestants and get cups of chili to try. Complementary crackers will be provided. All proceeds from the tasting will go towards the Empire Market’s Community Kitchen fund.

Our other great market vendors will be set up as well, so you can come grab your favorite local breads, produce, wine, plants, honey, eggs, coffee, pastured meat, bath and body products, and artisan goods. The market will be packed with vendors on Saturday!

From Programming and Marketing Director, Ivy Hagedorn, “We are so excited to be hosting this great event for the fourth time. Our contestants have really outdone themselves this year and you won’t be disappointed! It’s such a fun day to bring the whole family to the Market — you can try some chili, grab a smoothie or glass of wine, and support a great cause, all at the same time.”

The Market will be open on regular Saturday hours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Chili tasting begins at 11:00 am and lasts until our chefs run out!

For more information, please email Lindsay Gagnon at

About Downtown Joplin Alliance: 

Downtown Joplin Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown community as a thriving, safe and attractive center of art, history, enterprise, commerce, culture, residence and entertainment. Downtown Joplin is host to many monthly, seasonal, and annual events designed to encourage community involvement and stimulate the local economy.


Lindsay Gagnon, Market Director
Downtown Joplin Alliance

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