Fifteen thousand people are expected to converge on Sunday, December 7, from 11am-5pm, for a neighborhood celebration as the 5th annual SoNo Fest and Chili Cookoff takes over 32nd & Thorn streets, giving San Diegans a chance to buy local, eat local and drink local, all for a good cause. This free holiday event, presented by San Diego Ceramic Connection and the McKinley Elementary School Foundation, promises award-winning chili as tons of local restaurants face off for chili bragging rights to prove for another year who reigns supreme in the world of chili! There will also be local vendors and food purveyors, an assortment of food trucks, live music from two stages, a craft beer and wine pavilion, a kid zone area with carnival games and bounce houses and much more.
“This event has evolved from a small group of friends and patrons gathering to eat chili and have a good time into a major street festival and fundraising event to benefit McKinley,” said Kouta Shimazaki, owner of San Diego Ceramic Connection, “The people in our community have really pulled together to make this a success and that’s something I’m proud to be part of.”
|The bowls are always awesome!|
|Todd Gloria enjoying some chili|
Bar Pink and The Casbah will sponsor two live music stages to keep the crowd dancing throughout the day. Bands will include Shawn Rohlf & The Buskers, The Creepy Creeps, G Burns Jug Band, The Bed Breakers, Unsteady, The Roslyns, The Nards, The Loons and Trailduster. San Diego is home to the best craft beer in the country, and South Park/North Park is known as the heart of San Diego’s craft beer scene. As such, SoNo Fest's Beer and Wine Garden will feature over 16 local craft brewers on hand serving their finest ales and lagers and wine will be provided by nearby Fallbrook Winery.
“We are continually amazed and gratified by the generous support of this community,” said McKinley principal Julie AshtonGray, “This event helps us give McKinley students access to the arts, music and Spanish, which are important components for us to offer in order to sustain our International Baccalaureate status.”
For a complete list of restaurants, celebrity judges, bands, vendors, food trucks and more event information, visit sonofestchilicookoff.com.