Valley News joins SRCAR for first ‘Hoptoberfest’ chili cook-off

The Valley News has joined the Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors (SRCAR) in holding the first of what they hope is an annual event, the Hoptoberfest Chili Cook-Off for Charity. The cook-off will take place on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the SRCAR offices located at 26529 Jefferson Avenue in Murrieta. A similar annual event in Corona draws thousands of people each year.

“Who makes the best chili around?” asked SRCAR Affiliates Event Chairperson Shelley Moore. “We are looking for the best chili entries from realtors, first responders, and the community.”

“We will have lots of prizes and a Beer & Wine Garden featuring local breweries and wineries. This is going to be a fun event,” Moore added. There will also be music (with possible live local talent), hot dogs and shaved ice for kids.

The cost is only $30 to enter a chili recipe and $15 for each additional entry by the same group. The entry entitles the group to a 10’ x 10’ space (entrants must provide their own booth coverings and decorations; corporate materials may be displayed and distributed). Event sponsorships are also available.

Current event sponsors include: Prime Lending, Envoy Mortgage, Miller Financial, Realty One Group Southwest, CRES Home Warranty Plan, Broadview Mortgage, Designs by Kimbo, Wallick & Volk,, Real Estate Places.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Project T.O.U.C.H., Michelle’s Place, and the SRCAR Scholarship Foundation.

“We hope to get lots of vendor and community support for this event so we can really help these charitable efforts,” said Moore.

“We are extending the challenge to all the real estate offices to see which one makes the best chili,” Said Moore “Who makes the best four-alarm chili? Is it a fire department, police or ambulance company? Or maybe a private citizen? The contest is open to everyone in the area with a chili recipe.”

Prize categories include: Best Overall; Hot, Hot, HOT!; Best Family Style; People’s Choice; Best Private Citizen Chili; Best Real Estate Chili; Best First Responder Chili. There will also be a prize for Best Decorated Booth.

The event is open to the public. The cost is $10 for chili tastings; $10 for beer & Wine Garden tastings (must be 21).

Contact Shelley Moore at (951)-348-8782 or email [email protected] for more information, to enter the chili contest, to become an event sponsor or to donate to the event.

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