100 N. Main Street, Belton SC

Saturday  $5 - 5 Tasting Tickets  or  $15 - Unlimited Tasting Wristband

The South Carolina Chili Cook-off Championship is a family-friendly event headquartered in Belton, SC. Held annually on the second weekend of April, the Cook-off offers individuals, teams, and organizations the chance to take home big bucks and beautiful trophies, along with a shot at the ICS World Finals’ $25,000 grand prize. Proceeds from the Chili Cook-off benefit the Belton Center for the Arts, the Belton Area Museum Association, Shalom Recovery House and the Belton Interfaith Ministry Association. Put the Cook-off on your calendar now!

We invite you to come and enjoy a weekend full of CHILI, arts and crafts exhibits and sales by local and regional artisans; informational booths hosted by area businesses and services; homemade baked goods, canned goods, cookbooks, and other items offered by local churches; and special exhibits at Belton's tennis museum, railroad museum, and art center. 

Wonder what others say about our cookoff?

“We want to thank you both for a GREAT cook-off and the most organized cook-off in the southeast.” Don and Matt Stuewe, veteran Chili Cooks, Tampa,Fl

“Thank you for letting the haven of rest has become a yearly thing for us and it seriously helps us in so many ways”- Allen Bolick, Haven of Rest Food Services Coordinator

“My Favorite Cook-Off” Don Smith, Veteran ICS Chili Cook -Marietta, Ga

“Matt, I thank you for a wonderful and excellent job you and Mike did with the cook-off. It the best cook-off I've ever competed in! Again awesome job to you, your family and Mike! See you next year! …Awesome cook off! Done top notch!”Henry Stephens, ICS Chili Cook – Horn Lake, MS

“The SC State is in such a great of the city, trains going by, church bells going off on the hour, and so much great food”....Michael Freedman, Veteran ICS Cook and 2014 Head Judge

“I wanted to thank you for such a great cook-off.  I travel all over competing and you guys have one of the best run cook-offs in the country.”  Larry Weltikol, Veteran ICS Cook

“We could have not asked for a better experience. Everyone made us feel welcome from the start. It was a wonderful and positive product debut. If you ever organize more events in the area we would be more than happy to participate!” Chad and Katie Jajczyk - Wanderlust Cannery


I thought the night could not have been more of a success.  Everything went so smoothly, from beginning to end.  I left about 7:40 but my staff told me they thought the rest of the evening went very well too!  We always look forward to your group.  I love the tailgating in the parking lot too! ….Thank you again, Tonya!  You and Matt made it easy at our end.  Good job!!!!!!!!!!!!!  - Kim Ellison, Manager, Host Hotel, Holiday Inn