There’s only one place to go if you want to taste dozens of chili recipes while watching all of the action of the ACC Basketball Tournament - the Morganton Downtown Development Association’s 25th Annual ACC Chili Cook-Off. The Cook-Off features over two dozen recipes from commercial and amateur entries from across Burke County and beyond. While enjoying a bowl of chili, patrons will be able to relax and enjoy the noon showing of the ACC Basketball Tournament.

The ACC Chili Cook-Off, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance, takes place on Thursday, March 14th at the Morganton Community House at 120 N. King St. from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A $7 ticket buys all-you-can-eat chili with all the fixin’s: cornbread, salad, dessert and drink. Can’t dine in? You can get your meal to go.

There are fifteen restaurants already signed up to compete for the title of the best chili in town. You’ll be able to sample chili from the following restaurants during the cook-off: Abele’s Restaurant, Allison’s Restaurant, Community House, Friday Friends, Grind Café, Homer’s, Judge’s Riverside, Limbertwig’s, Mountain Burrito, Panera Bread, Pat’s Snack Bar, Root and Vine, Sagebrush, Silver Fork Winery, and Timberwoods. And if you have a chili recipe that you think is worth sharing, we encourage you to enter into the amateur competition. To enter, visit for amateur entry forms. On the day of the event, simply bring your crock-pot of chili to the Morganton Community House between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Spicy, vegetarian and all other types welcome. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Chili Cook-off tickets are available online at, and in-person at the Main Street Office at 112B W. Union Street. Tickets may also be purchased from DDA Board Members and are available at the door.

Proceeds for this event go to sponsor the various projects that are supported by the Downtown Development Association, including the annual Halloween Downtown Trick or Treating and Costume Contest, the annual Christmas Parade, sponsorship for a TGIF Concert and promotion of Downtown Morganton as a premier shopping, dining, and business destination.

Burke County Farm Bureau Insurance is the presenting sponsor for the 25th Annual Chili Cook-off. Other sponsors include Small and Martin Orthodontics, ERA Mountain View Properties, Panera Bread, Pepsi, Food Lion, CoMPAS X-Stream, Kicks 103.3 FM, and Simply Green Recycling.

For more information, visit or call the Downtown Morganton Main Street office at 828-438- 5250.

Enjoy a bowl of chili and an ACC basketball game during the 25th annual ACC Chili Cook-Off event on March 14.

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