Chili aficionados and classic car buffs can compete for bragging rights on Nov. 2 at the Lutz Centennial Cars & Chili event.
The event is one in a series of celebrations this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Lutz, which has a rich history of bringing people together for community gatherings.
“The main thing I’m hoping for is a good day,” said Bob Moore, chairman of the centennial committee. “What I’m trying to do is involve people from Lutz. I know there are a lot of people in Lutz that have classic cars.”
Car buffs and motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in the show, which will feature classic cars, exotic cars and motorcycles.
“Come show off your Harleys,” Moore said.
The chili cook-off will have two categories: Families and individuals will compete in one, and clubs and organizations will square off in the other.
Steve Otto, a widely known columnist for The Tampa Tribune, has vast experience in judging chili contests and will lead the team judging this cook-off.
Suzin Carr, the honorary Guv’na of Lutz, will also get to choose her favorite chili.
Centennial Committee member Janet Hardy said the committee wants to put the word out early, to encourage people to take part. The deadline for registration to compete in the cook-off is 5 p.m. on Oct. 25, and there is a $25 team entry fee.
She hopes chili cooks will pull out their deep pots, long-handled ladles and special recipes to test their skills against other chili lovers. She also hopes that they’ll show off their team spirit, because organizers are trying to promote good old-fashioned fun.
The idea, she said, “is just to celebrate the fact that Lutz is a great place.”
Chili cook-off teams can consist of one chef and two assistants. The chili must be cooked on-site. Since there’s no electricity, teams must provide their own LP-gas cooking appliance. They must also supply their own ingredients and cooking utensils.
Patrons will be able to purchase official centennial chili cups for $5 each, which they can carry around from team to team to sample different kinds of chili. The tastings will begin at noon and will end when the chili runs out, or at 2 p.m.
The celebration will be on the grounds between the old train depot and the Lutz Community Center, between US 41 and the Lutz Branch Library.
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