POSTPONED Canadian Festival of Chili And BBQ

We hope to see you in 2021!

Due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, the Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ scheduled to take place at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) on the weekend of May 1 to 3, 2020, has been cancelled. The festival has been tentatively rescheduled for May 2021 at the same location, but as more information becomes available, more information will be provided.

The health and safety of event participants, including competitors, volunteers, judges, and attendees, is the highest priority of Discover Langley City and the Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ teams. We’re sad to announce the postponement of the event, but it’s important to us to do our part to keep everyone healthy and continue with efforts to flatten the curve.

We have been working with KPU to reschedule this event for 2021. However, any events scheduled beyond the end of June may also be cancelled should the current restrictions continue. We will be providing updates from KPU on the first of each month regarding the notice of cancellation message. 

At least one month will be provided to enable festival competitors and event attendees the time to make plans around the event. 

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.



 We think Lynyrd Skynrd said it best when they said, "Ooooh, that smell. Can’t you smell that smell?" When the aroma of glowing charcoal hits your nose, and the heat of top-secret spice rubs mixes with the tang of savoury sauces and hangs so sweetly in the air – it can only mean one thing. That’s right. The 33rd annual Canadian Festival of Chili and Barbecue is back, baby!

Downtown Langley, BC will be smokin’ and flippin’ this year when Canada’s oldest, largest and most prestigious cooking competition – and celebration of all things finger-lickin’ – comes back to Kwantlen Polytechnic University, August 22 & 23, 2020! With two days of fiery fun for the whole family, it promises to be the tastiest time to be had anywhere in the Pacific Northwest that weekend.

Become A Competitor For The Chance to Be a World Food Championships Qualifier!

As the oldest and largest Chili and BBQ competition in Canada and the Pacific Northwest, the Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ traditionally boasts some of the lowest competition entry fees, for the highest prize purses (over $20,000 in cash and prizes!) plus the coveted chance to qualify for the World Food Championships! The 10 of the top competitors will be awarded with a golden ticket to the World Food Championships, including the Terlingua International Chili Cookoff, the Jack Daniels Invitational Barbeque, The American Royal, and the SCA World Steak Championships

There are over 10 competition categories to enter, like BC’s Best Darn Burger Championships and the Canadian SCA Steak Championships. Be sure to bring your A-game, and get ready for big fun, as competitors from all over Canada and the United States will be smokin’ and stirrin’ to claim bragging rights on the best damn chili and BBQ in all the Pacific Northwest. What are you waiting for? 

Sign Up To Compete Now!

Canada’s largest, oldest, and most prestigious cooking competition this year! 

You will be greeted on site with Langley City Professional Fire Fighters L3253 and their families. For a $5 minimum entrance donation to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund, you will receive a sample of Firehouse Chili and a bun on Saturday, August 22, or a Pumper Pulled Pork bunwich on Sunday, August 23. You’ll also get a fire fighters wristband, which will get you competition samples when they are available. Comfort food never felt so good.

On Saturday, August 22, watch as chefs compete in the Canadian International CASI Chili Championships and on Sunday, August 23, competitors will be cooking up their best cue in the BC BBQ Championships! Each of the over 10 competition categories will crown a champion – but really everyone’s a winner at the Canadian Festival of Chili and Barbecue. 

Ooh, that smell!


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