Dining With Denise Neil

Chili cookoff time

Those Wagonmasters have mastered the art of chili cooking.Fall temperatures should arrive just in time for one of the most fun and spicy fall food-related events in Wichita: The annual Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff.

The event is scheduled for Saturday afternoon and will be staged in a closed-off area in the 600 block of East Douglas, between St. Francis and the railroad tracks.

Attendees buy a $5 tasting kit and then can sample all 50 competitors’ creations, listen to the Cajun beats of the Mudbugs band, send their kids on rides, witness a pepper eating contest and more.

I’ll be there supporting the Mudbugs — and celebrating the official start to chili making season.