Kleefeld Chili Cook-Off selected as national qualifier

The Canadian Food Championships (CFC) is excited to announce that the Kleefeld Honey Festival’s Chili Cook-Off will be a Preferred Qualifying event for the CFC. Kleefeld Honey Festival is Manitoba’s only chili competition sanctioned to send the first-place winner to Edmonton, Alta., to compete at CFC in July.

The Kleefeld Chili Cook-Off will see Manitoba’s best chili cooks battle to win the hearts and taste buds of judges and the public alike on Aug. 8, 2015, for the Kleefeld Honey Festival’s 45th anniversary. The winner of the chili-cook off will not only receive a golden ticket into the CFC for 2016 and a $400 travel voucher to Edmonton, they’ll also get cold, hard cash.

“The Kleefeld Honey Festival committee and Earl’s Meat Market together are ecstatic and honoured to be a Preferred Qualifier for the Canadian Food Championships in Edmonton” says Chili Cook-Off event manager Gord Meneer. “Our event will stand out as a must event to be at in Manitoba. Bring on your chili for a chance to be the best in Manitoba, Canada or maybe even the world.”

Registration spots for Kleefeld Honey Festival’s chili cook-off are limited, and those interested are encouraged to sign up early; registrations open on March 12, 2015, at

“The Canadian Food championships is thrilled to have the Kleefeld Honey Festival become the Manitoba Preferred Qualifier for the chili cook-off,” Events Edmonton general manager Paul Lucas said. “We are looking forward to hosting the winner of this competition in Edmonton at the CFC and wish all competitors of the Kleefeld Honey Festival good luck.”

A past winner of the Kleefeld Honey Festival’s chili cook-off will be attending this year’s CFC July 21-25, 2015, to face off against 19 other Canadians for the title of Canada’s best chili cook. In addition to bragging rights, the first place winners of CFC will also receive a golden ticket to represent Team Canada at the World Food Championships (WFC) in Florida, including a $1,500 travel voucher and $2,500 cash. Those who move on to the WFC will compete for a grand prize of $100,000.

The Canadian Food Championships in Edmonton will also be hosting competitions in six other categories, including sandwich, seafood, bacon, burger, dessert, and pasta. A trip to Florida and $2,500 cash is awaiting the winner of each category. Those interested in competing in any category this year can apply through the wild card entry at Competitions run July 21-25, 2015, in downtown Edmonton.

For more information on competing, judging, and volunteering at CFC, please visit

About the Canadian Food Championships

The Canadian Food Championships is a high energy, high intensity, timed, double-blind judged cooking competition open to any Canadian resident with prizes valued at over $50,000 up for grabs. It is the only Canadian qualifying event to get to the World Food Championships, where a prizes of over $300,000 are up for grabs. The Canadian Food Championships will take place from July 21-25, 2015, at Centennial Plaza, in conjunction with Taste of Edmonton. Visit for more information.

About Kleefeld Honey Festival

The Kleefeld Honey Festival has been a yearly tradition since 1970 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. The festival brings fun for all ages, with a movie night, parade, chili cook-off, carnival and boasts to have the best fireworks show in southeast Manitoba and so much more. The festival takes place Aug. 7-8, 2015, at the Kleefeld Park. For more information, please visit

— Events Edmonton

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