Chili/Chowder/Soup Cookoff Vendors

IGNITE invites you to participate in the IGNITE the Winter 2019 festival at the Hilton Garden Inn. The festival will include musical performances, a live ice sculpture demonstration, family fun, local wine & beer sales, and a chili/chowder/soup cookoff offering a taste of Cayuga County’s eateries.

This is an opportunity for you to showcase your best recipes and to market your business & products to the community at large. IGNITE the Winter is backed by an advertising & promotional campaign including print, internet, and radio. Winners will be announced at the event, as well as in local media. This is a great marketing opportunity for your business. We welcome you to share your literature, menus & coupons with attendees, and be creative & fun with your display space!

Participating vendors will set up inside the Hilton Garden Inn. Cookoff participants must provide a minimum of 5 gallons of ready-to-eat chili, chowder, and/or soup prepared in advance off-site;  and server(s), and a heat source to keep food warm from 5 – 8 PM. There will be electricity available but absolutely no propane allowed!

Tasting cups, spoons and napkins will be provided. Participants will serve 2-oz tastings which patrons will provide vendors with a food ticket. This is a judged cookoff with cash prizes and recognition for Best Chili and Best Chowder/Soup, as well as a People’s Choice Award. Participants may enter into one or both categories. Awards will be announced and presented at the end of the event.


Food Vendor Registration Deadline Friday, February 22nd
Table Setup Friday, March 1st from 3-5pm
Food Service Friday, March 1st from 5-8pm
Award Ceremony Friday, March 1st @ 8pm
Table Breakdown Friday, March 1st from 8-8:30pm

IGNITE is coordinating again with our local soup kitchens to pick up any remaining food from participating vendors who wish to donate leftovers. The soup kitchens will handle everything, including storage. If you are interested in donating, please check the appropriate spot on the registration form.

Registration Requirements

All participating vendors must obtain a Temporary Food Service Permit from the Cayuga County Health Department in advance of the event. This permit must be displayed at all times during the cookoff. A PDF of the application can be downloaded here or at

You must return the original completed Temporary Food Service Application, required supporting documentation and check for $30, to Cayuga County Health Department, 8 Dill Street, Auburn. (Entrance is located near the old Bank of America drive-thru.) If you have questions about the County’s food permit, please contact Duane Ross at (315) 253-1536, or other County staff in that department.

PLEASE NOTE: While a $30 fee is charged by the Health Department for a vendor permit, there is no additional event registration fee charged.

Please complete the following steps by the February 22nd, 2019 deadline:

  1. Complete and submit the registration form on this page.
  2. Submit a copy of Certificate of Liability Insurance to IGNITE, listing the City of Auburn and IGNITE as both additional insured for March 1, 2019.
  3. Submit your completed Temporary Food Service Permit application to the Cayuga County Health Department, as well as a copy to IGNITE, in advance of the event.

You can mail or deliver the documents to:
Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce
ATTN: Cookoff Committee
2 State Street
Auburn, NY 13021

If you have questions please contact Kierstyn Zaykoski, Chair of the IGNITE: or call (315)778-7492.

I would like to participate in the following category(ies):*

Donation of Leftovers*

Vendor Agreement

As a vendor, I agree to the conditions & requirements outlined above. By submitting this application, I agree to indemnify the City of Auburn and IGNITE Cayuga County's Young Professionals safe from any and all liability arising out of the action taken by the applicant or any third party in conjunction with the use or occupancy of the space assigned to the exhibitor, whether such liability be the result of the negligence, active or passively of the applicant, its officers, agents and employees and from all cost and expense including attorney's fees incurred in litigation or the handling of such claims.

Nothing contained in this agreement or in any prior or any subsequent negotiations shall entitle the exhibitor to any specific space and the Cookoff Committee retains the right to position the vendor space with regard to the overall event plan, to make any necessary changes therein. I have read the IGNITE the Winter Cookoff requirements and I agree to abide by them. I agree that the Festival Committee and the City of Auburn will not be held responsible for any theft or loss of property.

I agree to the terms stated above.