Have you got your own great chili recipe you’d like to share with the world? Or do you just like eating chili?

There are a lot of chili cook-offs held in Maine throughout the year, for both amateurs and restaurateurs.

Here’s a look at the ones we could track down for 2014:

 

FEB. 9

Altrusa’s Great Chili & Chowder Challenge

Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland

12:30 to 3 p.m.

Sample dozens of chilis and chowders from southern Maine chefs, and vote for your favorites.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $23 at the door. Preview tickets that get you in an hour early are $35.

For tickets or more information, call 797-4494.

 

MARCH 22

13th annual Chili Chowder Challenge

Augusta Armory, 179 Western Ave., Augusta

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Taste test chilis from 12 to 15 local restaurants and caterers, and vote for the best. Event includes live and silent auctions, live music, crafts, children’s activities and a snack bar. All proceeds go to the Children’s Center: Early Intervention and Family Support.

Tickets and info: 626-3497.

MARCH 30

24th annual Eat the Heat Chili Cook-off & Firefighters’ Race

White Cap Base Lodge, Sunday River Resort, Newry

10 a.m.

Watch firefighters race down the mountain to raise money for Maine Handicapped Skiing, then sample chili from the best cooks in the state as they vie for the Best Chili Cook prize.

For more information, call (800) 543-2754 or e-mail [email protected]

 

AUG. 23

Wells Chili-Fest and Maine State Chili Cook-off

Wells Junior High School, 1470 Post Road (Route 1), Wells

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Info: 646-2451