VisArts Chili Throwdown

Thank you for making this year’s event a huge success! We look forward to seeing you next year. Tickets go on sale September 2020.

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s Chili Throwdown took place on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participating restaurants contribute their best chili, which is taste-tested by both a blind jury and the event’s attendees. After guests have voted, they’re welcome to go back for a full bowl of their favorite chili.

This year, more than 400 people attended this indoor/outdoor event. Tickets are $25 for VisArts members and $30 for the general public. Kids under age 12 eat for $5 and kids under age 3 eat free. Adult admission includes a handmade ceramic bowl—made by a VisArts clay artist—and a drink ticket. Additional ceramic bowls are available for purchase.

At the end of the evening, VisArts presents two restaurants with awards—an overall award, selected by the judges, and a people’s choice award.