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Honky Tonk Chili Challenge Brings Hot Tunes & Chili Peppers to Tomball

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TOMBALL, TX – Tomball’s 9th annual Honky Tonk Chili Challenge will stir up some hot tunes and even hotter bowls of chili on Saturday March 21st as the 9th annual music and food fest fills the downtown depot plaza.

Honky Tonk Chili Challenge Tomball

Old-style honky tonk tunes from the days of Patsy Cline and Hank Williams, Sr. will fill the air throughout the afternoon from award winning Country performer Lisa Layne, Nashville Stars’ John Arthur Martinez, and local favorites Palomino Moon, and the Country All-Stars. 

Chili cooks from across southeast Texas will be competing in this Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) sanctioned Chili Challenge. Points are awarded to the winning cook teams as they vie for a place at the CASI Championship in Terlingua later this year. There will also be a category for local businesses and organizations to find out who makes the Best Chili in Tomball. A margarita “pour-off” is also a highlight of the event open to teams registered in the cook-off.

There will be festival foods, merchandise vendors, and a kids zone, too.




The Tomball Honky Tonk Chili Challenge is sponsored by H-E-B and K-Star 99.7 FM.

The festival surrounds Tomball’s historic 1907 downtown Depot at 201 South Main Street, 77375. Gates open at 11:00 am. Admission and parking are free. Be sure to stop by the nearby Tomball Farmers Market, named Best Farmers Market in the Houston area by Edible Houston.

Tomball is just 28 miles northwest of downtown Houston on FM 2920 at State Highway 249.  Call 281-351-5484 or visit “Tomball Texan for Fun” on Facebook for information. Email to register a cook team. 

The City of Tomball is a member of the Texas Festivals & Events Association, Texas Travel Industry Association, and Visit Houston & Beyond.