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1/23/2018 Member News

Grand Central District to Host 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Media Contact:

Jacqui May

Executive Director

Grand Central District Association




Grand Central District Association                                                                                                           
For Immediate Release

2529 Central Avenue

St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Phone: 727.828.7006

Grand Central District to Host 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off

District’s Longest-Running Event Includes Live Music, Vendors and More!


St. Petersburg, FL.  The Grand Central Chili Cook-Off is the District’s longest-running event and serves as a fundraiser for the GCDA, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The event will take place Saturday, March 3, 2018 – rain or shine – along the 2400-2500 blocks of Central Avenue and will include the chili competition with over 30 contestants, live music, dozens of vendors and chance drawings.


Chili tasting tickets are available at Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended; If available tickets will be sold at the event for $20 adults/$15 for children. Chili tasting tickets include samples of all the chili entries, and voting participation in the People’s Choice category.  The chili entries will also be tasted and scored by local celebrity judges, and winners will be announced at 3:30pm in multiple categories:  Best Restaurant, Best Business/Organization, Best Individual, and People’s Choice. 


There is no admission fee to enjoy the non-chili elements of the event, including access to vendors and live local music.  Beverages will be available for purchase from vendors and local establishments.


Registration for chili contest entrants is still open, and sponsorship, vendor and volunteer opportunities are available.  For more information, please contact the Grand Central District Association at 727.828.7006 or via email at


Proceeds of the Annual Chili Cook Off go to the Grand Central District’s green initiatives, which include preservation of green space, pedestrian friendly streetscapes, landscaping, and creating a healthy, sustainable, and beautiful community for residents and visitors. The Grand Central District is aligned with the City of St. Petersburg’s Green City goals and works to promote green opportunities and initiatives for citizen participation.


On February 17th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in preparation of March 3rd’s Chili Cook-Off volunteers from the Grand Central District and Keep Pinellas Beautiful will conduct a District-wide clean up and landscaping initiative. For more information or to volunteer visit us on Facebook/GrandCentralDistrictAssociation or email:

About the Grand Central District Association: GCDA is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works to support the District’s economic vitality and sense of community by creating a unique retail, dining and entertainment destination for St. Petersburg visitors and residents.

About the Grand Central District: Founded in 2000, the Grand Central District is accredited as both a Florida Main Street and National Main Street Community.   It is home to many beloved local restaurants and bars, antique retailers, art galleries, unique shops, professional and personal services, health and wellness providers and more.  The Grand Central District is pedestrian friendly and can be easily reached via the Central Avenue Trolley, which makes several stops within the District.


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Grand Central District Association


Grand Central District Association is a Main Street America and Florida Main Street community, committed to making our little part of St. Petersburg a vibrant, dynamic, funky-cool place to live, work and play.