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Fire and Music: Del Ray Chili Cook-Off This Saturday, February 22!

There will be two categories for the win: meat and noon-meat. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Bragging rights are up for grabs again. It’s time to taste and judge the best chili at the 7th Annual Del Ray Citizens Association Chili Cook-Off Saturday, February 22.

Chili tasting happens from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Commonwealth Academy (1321 Leslie Avenue) while the popular acoustic trio, The Okays play Americana, folky-country tunes. 

Blythe Thomas, Andrea Koslow, and Barry Koslow. (Photo: Facebook)

This year, all proceeds will go toward Friends of Guest House, which helps women successfully re-enter the community after incarceration.

Get Tickets

Online ticket sales for the Del Ray Chili Cook-Off end at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, but can still be purchased at the door. Tickets (which include chili tastes and 4 beer tickets) are $10 for non-DRCA members and free for DRCA members. (You can join the DRCA at their website ( or at the door.)

The event is open to residents of Del Ray and cash awards are given for best Chili in a variety of categories.

Bobi Bomar and Ellen Patrick of Homes of Alexandria are once again sponsoring this event. 

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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