Photo courtesy of San Mateo City Firefighters’ Association
Firefighters at a past cook-off event in San Mateo.
If you like chili and firefighters, San Mateo is the place to be this weekend.
The San Mateo City Firefighters’ Association is hosting their fifth annual Chili Cook-Off at which Woodside Fire Department will defend its title.
According to San Mateo firefighter Sean Sims the cook-off was originally organized to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The firefighters wanted an event that was a little different from their Fill the Boot campaign in which firefighters collect funds for muscular dystrophy needs by holding out their boots to put money in. Last year, the firefighters raised $13,000 and the goal for this year is $17,000.
“It’s a little more fun,” Sims said. “Still, the end game is to raise money for MDA.”
The fundraiser helps to send eight local children with muscular dystrophy to camp, providing necessary medical supplies and contributing to the efforts to find cures for neuromuscular diseases.
San Mateo Mayor David Lim will be judging nine fire departments’ special homemade brews, from San Francisco down to Menlo Park. There will also be judges from local restaurants and a separate competition for Whole Foods, Steelhead Brewery, Barrelhouse and Vault. There will also be a people’s choice vote.
Live musical performances will come from the self-described funk-soul-r&b band West Bay Rhythm and the dance party show Club 90 Band.
Sims recommends coming out to the event to listen to some great music, taste some great chili and to just hang out.
The International Association of Fire Fighters is the largest national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, with more than 300,000 members in the United States and Canada.
Muscular Dystrophy is a group of muscle diseases that weaken the musculoskeletal system and hamper locomotion. Muscular dystrophies are characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins and the death of muscle cells and tissue. These diseases predominantly affect males, although females may be carriers of the disease gene. Around 500 to 600 male newborns are diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and similar diseases each year in the U.S., according to the Genetics Home Reference website.
The cook-off is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Park in San Mateo. Cost is $10 per person and includes tastings, one bowl and one drink. Available drinks will be beer, wine, soda and water.
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