Whether visitors like their chili mild, sweet or fiery hot they will find more than 20 ways to chase away the winter chill during the return of the annual Chili Tour on January 26. The event takes place from 5:00p-8:00p in downtown St. Joe. Merchants and restaurants will offer samples of their favorite chili recipes in hopes of earning the People’s Choice Award determined by popular vote or the Chili Pepper Award determined by a panel of judges.

“There is a fee of $5 per map which lists the participating locations and doubles as your voting ballot,” said Daniele Crevier, events & operations manager of St. Joe Today. “A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen.” Both winners of the Chili Pepper Award and the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Monday, January 29. Thank you to our 2024 Chili Tour sponsor, The Market.

Chili Tour Maps will be available for purchase at the St. Joe Today Welcome Center (301 State Street) from 12:00p-7:45p on Friday, January 26. Maps will also be available for purchase at The Market (301 Main Street) from 5:00p-7:45p. Event attendees are encouraged to turn in their maps to either location at the end of the night to vote for their favorite chili as well as be entered in a drawing for a $25 St. Joe Today Gift Certificate. The winner will be notified on Monday, January 29.

The following sites are this year’s chili stop locations:

Affinity Salon & Spa featuring chili by The Mark III Grille & Bar Caffe Tosi featuring chili by the SJHS Culinary Arts Team Dad's Farm & Cafe and Dogslinger G&M Variety featuring chili by On The River Tavern Harbor Town Interiors featuring chili by Lake Street Eats Infusco Coffee featuring chili by Houndstooth Kingfisher Cocktails & Tacos and Hill District by North Pier Lee & Birch featuring chili by Full Circle Cafe Nardo’s Pizza Oh My Darlings featuring chili by The Brick House Perennial Accents featuring chili by SJHS Culinary Arts Team Revive Spa featuring chili by Brian - The Munchie Man Schu's South Bend Chocolate Company Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra featuring chili by Thornton’s Home Town Cafe St. Joe Community Taproom featuring chili by The Livery St. Joe Wine Shoppe featuring chili by Anemel The Buck Burgers & Brew The Cheese Lady Third Coast Surf Shop featuring chili by Base Bowls Union + Social featuring chili by Silver Harbor Brewing Wanderlust Outfitters featuring chili by Happy Poochie Eatery Waterfront House of Framing & Fashion featuring chili by bread + bar and Soul’s Ground Cafe White Pine Winery featuring chili by Silver Beach Pizza Wild Ginger Flowers & Gifts featuring chili by Sister Lakes Brewing

For more information on the Chili Tour, visit stjoetoday.com/chili.

Catch these upcoming St. Joe Today events: Chili Tour: January 26 (5:00p-8:00p) St. Joe Winter Beer Fest: January 27 (12:00p-4:00p) Ice Fest: February 2-4 (All Weekend) March Mannequins: March 8 (7:00p-8:30p) Spring Artisan Fair: March 9 (11:00a-4:00p) Antiques on the Bluff: First Sunday of the Month, May-October (10:00a-5:00p) St. Joe Farmers Market: Saturdays, May 25-October 12 (9:00a-2:00p) Lake Bluff Artisan Fair: June 1, July 20, August 17, August 31 (10:00a-5:00p)