Tolbert Chili Championship


The annual Al Hopkins Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship is held the third weekend in March each year at the Lockhart City Park, 504 E. City Park Road. The cook-off is hosted by the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lockhart. The Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group sponsors more than 30 chili events all over Central Texas and Lockhart is blessed to be just one of those locations. To enter the cook-off, click here.

Admission is FREE both days with family fun, food & craft vendors, entertainment, and a small carnival for the kids. In conjunction, the City of Lockhart will have a Kid Fish and Welcome Spring to Lockhart at the park on Saturday. Overnight camping is allowed at the Lockhart City Park, but there are no hookups available.

Prizes are awarded to winners in Chili, Chicken, Brisket, Ribs, Beans, Salsa, Showmanship, Bloody Mary, and Margarita categories. The top 3 Chili winners qualify to cook "Behind the Store" in the International Terlingua Cook-off in Terlingua, Texas held in November. Also, there is a silent auction and a $50 cash drawing. To download an application for the Al Hopkins Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship click here.

Everyone is welcomed at this annual Lockhart event, and judges are always needed! For additional information about the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group, call Dwight Hamilton at 512-507-4948, visit their website at www.centraltexaschili.com, or the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce at 512-398-2818

When you support the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group, you not only help promote the Official State Dish of Texas: Chili, you also support charitable causes such as Phone Cards for Troops, the VFW Scholarship Fund, Special Olympics, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. To be a sponsor of the Centrail Texas Chili group, click here for more information.