Date: October 12, 2023
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Optimist Chili Crawl in Manhattan, KS

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The 21st Annual Chili Crawl kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Johnny Kaw's Yard Bar, in the heart of Aggieville. This event in Manhattan, KS is full of fun and flavors!

Some serious bragging rights are up for grabs this weekend in Aggieville! The 21st Annual Optimist Chili Crawl kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Johnny Kaw's Yard Bar, in the heart of Aggieville. This year, twelve chilis are competing for the title of "THE BEST CHILI" and the competition is stiff!

Participants are asked to go to every restaurant and taste the chili so that they can vote on their favorite. Once the votes are tallied, the winner is announced. Attendees are asked to buy tickets in advance, just FYI, this normally does sell out so getting your tickets in advance ensures you get to enjoy all the chili being serviced. Tickets are purchased from the local Optimist Club in Manhattan, KS! You can find the link to purchase tickets here!

Attendees will enjoy a variety of chilis from traditional to Chicken Chili, Pozole', and more! Plus, all the toppings that are offered with your chili! The restaurants seriously pull out ALL the stops when they are serving their chili and presentation totally counts! My best advice is to come hungry and pace yourself! You will be totally stuffed but it will be totally worth it, I promise!

As I am sure you have associated, this event has a lot of healthy competition and serious bragging rights, but it is also held to benefit the Optimist Club and its many efforts throughout the community of Manhattan, KS. This event is one of three fundraising events that are held annually, the other two are the Christmas Trees at Optimist Park and the Spaghetti Dinner. For those who might not be familiar with the Optimist Club or who might want to get more involved, you can find additional information on their website!

This year the participating restaurants are:

  • Bluestem Bistro
  • Buffalo Wild Wings 
  • Cold Stone Creamery 
  • Dirty Dawg Saloon 
  • Draft House at Kites
  • Goolsby's
  • Johnny Kaw's Yard Bar 
  • Kite's Bar & Grill
  • Nico's Little Italy 
  • O'Malley's Alley
  • Porter's Bar & Deli 
  • ZL Smoothie
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