car show

What’s the perfect recipe for a family friendly fantastic fall day in Sutter Creek?  The answer is classic cars and hot rods, gallons of homemade chili and salsa, live music, beer and wine, and don’t forget the wildly fun and crazy competition that is the Great Sutter Creek Chili Cook-Off and Car Show!

After a year’s hiatus while our bridge was being re-constructed, Main Street in Sutter Creek is open to the rumble of unique cars, while amateur and professional chili cooks put their skills out there for rights to take home the trophy on Sunday, October 13.  

The event kicks off Sunday morning as the cars come rolling in to line historic Main Street. Traditionally, over 100 beautiful vehicles will take their place in front of equally beautiful settings. The car show is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special thanks to Hahn Automotive for coordinating the Car Show for so many years!

At 11 a.m., head up to Chili and Salsa central and sample everything that makes this competition HOT! SaveMart Supermarkets is again our exclusive sponsor and their trademark 2 story shopping cart, “Big Red, is the perfect Photo Op for your family. Work your way to the ticket booth, purchase your voter’s kit of a ballot, bowl, spoon and napkin.  Chili tasting tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. From amateurs to chili cook-off kings and queens, to restaurants, chefs, and local charities, we have the finest chili and salsa crazies in these parts!  Your ballot determines People’s Choice Chili, Best Salsa, and Best Booth. Our panel of esteemed judges will award the Best of the Professionals division.

For your entertainment, live music will be provided by local band Vogan Toll. You will be on your feet dancing in the street!  The Wine on 49 tent will feature the best of wines in Sutter Creek and the Beer Garden will be pouring brews.  We challenge you to find the best wine and beer chili pairing!

There are still spaces available for entries to the chili/salsa competition. Download your application at                   

See you on October 13 for this fun-filled event in Sutter Creek!