Mon. May 20th, 2024

Ken Carman reporting for

Last Saturday the annual Pensacola Chili Cook Off was at Seville Quarter in downtown Pensacola. As usual Escambia Bay Brewers were there in force with chili and beer. What a gas it was!

Yes, that was a bean joke. Get over it.

The picture above is of one half of our chili cook off crew. They made some really fine chili. We had Jim and Kellie as one team and Butch, Julie and Diane made up the second team. As always we put on a masterful presentation and made some scrumptious chili. We also provided beer: including, but not limited to, two pale ales and a grand smoked porter provided by Hal. Wow. And he thought “too much smoke?” I told him to submit it for competition. I’d make sure I was the judge who beat him down. No, seriously now, it was incredible, Hal.

Apologies in advance. For some reason my camera put a permanent funk on some pictures and a haze on the rest. I posted what I could. The rest look like some poor attempt at photographic abstract art. No idea why.

Here was the Escambia Bay Brewers booth…

A few more booths…

Jim working over a hot pot of chili…

I tried them all. It was interesting all the different takes on chili. Some booths provided extras like onions, sour cream and cheese. Some did not. One used steak and a Cajun form of pulled pork. I was told there were 14 booths, total and more than 70 gallons of chili. Enough for me. What about everyone else?

Although the room was more than a tad too dark for pictures, I’ll leave you with a few pictures of the affair; including the balconey…

By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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