Chili CookOff 2020 FAQ - Know Before You Go

Saturday, January 18th at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines

October 6, 2019


What is KISS Chili CookOff?
Presented by KISS Country 99.9, the 35th annual Chili CookOff is the biggest country music festival & chili competition in South Florida!

What is the date of Chili CookOff 2020?
The 2020 Chili CookOff is Saturday, January 18th.

What are the hours of Chili CookOff?
Saturday will be a full day of Country music! Main Gates open at 8:30am. And the Presentation of the Colors will begin at 9:50am. Gates close at 6:00pm.

Who will perform and at what time?
This year we’ll have TWO headliners for the price of one – Kane Brown AND Old Dominion!

Plus, country legends: Ryan Hurd, Travis Denning, Caylee Hammack, Noah Schnacky & Ryan Griffin.

Artist stage times coming soon.



Where is Chili CookOff located? What is the address of the site?
Chili CookOff is located at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. The address is: 900 N Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028.

How do I get to Chili CookOff?
The Chili CookOff address is: 900 N Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028. Located at C.B. Smith Park. Below are directions to drive, information regarding parking as well as the two closest airports to the festival site.


A parking pass and a Chili CookOff event ticket will be required for entry to the parking lots of C.B. Smith Park. Purchase one online in advance for $25! This price is per carload - That's right, however many people you can stuff in your car!​ However, no RVs, limos, box trucks, buses, or party buses are allowed into the C.B. Smith Parking Lots.

Parking gates open at 12:30am at Pines & 6:30am on Taft on Saturday, January 18th, 2020. No tailgating allowed in Broward County parks. 

Can I purchase a parking ticket at C.B. Smith Park?
You can, but it will slow your roll considerably. We encourage everyone to purchase their parking passes online here prior to the day of Chili Cook Off, then you can show us the parking pass on your phone (we fancy)! Plus, you’ll save $! Parking is $25 advance online or pay $40 (cash only) at the gates on January, 18th, 2020.

Where is the Rideshare (UBER, Lyft, etc.) drop-off area?
Attendees can be dropped off on the WEST side of Johnson Street, where it intersects with Flamingo Road. Tell your driver to enter 900 N Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028​ in their GPS.

Will there be Handicap Parking?
Yes, there will be Handicap Parking.

After parking in a Handicap Parking spot, is there any service for person to get inside the gates?
There is not. The Handicapped Parking is within a short walk to the entrance.

Will any roads be closed?
No roads will be closed, but there will be delays on Pines Blvd., Taft St., and Johnson St.


By purchasing a ticket to KISS Country Chili CookOff, you agree to submit to a thorough search, including emptying your pockets and bags, having all of your items examined, and a full pat-down. A search will be done at the entrance gate prior to entry. There is no re-entry once admitted to the festival. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone. Any prohibited item that is confiscated will not be held or returned.


  • Your ticket
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Your photo ID
  • Cash / credit card / debit card
  • Good vibes, smiles, & festive costumes encouraged!


  • Blankets & Beach towels
  • Low-rise beach chairs (must be set up in the designated chair zone)
  • Prescription medicine (in a marked bottle with proper matching ID)
  • Non-professional & personal cameras (NO professional cameras or recording devices)
  • One (1) sealed water bottle up to 2 liters in size
  • Clear Bags (maximum 1’ x 1’) ONLY and small purses are allowed
  • Cell phones and portable chargers/external batteries
  • Sealed sunscreen lotion (inspected upon entry)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Fanny packs


  • NO alcohol
  • NO noise makers, horns, whistles, musical instruments, or boom boxes
  • NO plastic sipper bottles, glass bottles, glass containers or Camelbacks
  • NO opaque bags or large purses
  • NO potential projectiles, frisbees, footballs, etc.
  • NO camcorders, professional cameras, or recording devices
  • NO tripods, cameras with detachable lenses, or other commercial uses
  • NO cans, coolers of any size, ice chests, picnic baskets, thermoses
  • NO wallets with chains
  • NO inflatables
  • NO umbrellas
  • NO tents or large chairs
  • NO weapons of any kind
  • NO baby strollers or small wagons for toddlers
  • NO fireworks or explosives
  • NO illegal drugs or illicit substances of any kind
  • NO outside food & drink
  • NO animals (with the exception of pre-approved service animals)
  • NO skateboards, bicycles, motorized vehicles or scooters
  • NO selfie sticks of any kind
  • NO drones (with or without cameras) or any unmanned flying vehicle
  • NO laser pointers
  • NO paint, sharpies or permanent markers
  • NO items to obstruct other fan’s views (kites, flag poles, large signs, etc)

*This list is subject to change without notification.



Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
320 Terminal Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Phone: 1-866-435-9355

Miami International Airport (MIA)
2100 NW 42nd Avenue Miami, FL 33142
Phone: (305) 876-7000



Are there pre-sale tickets?
Pre-sale is officially sold out! All KISS Country Newsletter Club Members received a link and a code to purchase discounted tickets in advance. Presale is now over. Join our club for all your Chili CookOff info first!

Where do I buy a ticket?
Tickets are on sale now!  Chili CookOff fans can purchase a ticket directly from our website HERE, or by emailing
**Please remember to ONLY purchase your tickets directly from the official Chili CookOff website! We are not responsible for tickets purchased from third party people or websites.

Can I buy a ticket if I live out of the country?
Yes! For more information, please email

Are there any ticket fees?
Yes, there is a convenience fee per ticket.

How do I redeem my ticket?
You can show us your ticket on your mobile phone or print it out and bring it. Valid barcode required.

What do you get with VIP?

Your VIP Ticket to The 35th annual KISS Country Chili CookOff grants entry for 1 person through the gates of C.B. Smith Park on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Parking pass not included.


  • Separate VIP Only gate for expedited entry
  • VIP hospitality areas with private dedicated VIP CASH bars
  • Viewing area close to the stage (standing room only, no tables or chairs)
  • Bleachers with a view of the stage
  • FREE lunch
  • Cash snack bar
  • Fully air-conditioned VIP restrooms

Are kids allowed?
Absolutely! The KISS Chili CookOff is All Ages. Everyone is required to have a purchased ticket.

Do kids get in free?
No, every person requires a regular purchased ticket.

What are the ticket prices?
Buy your Chili CookOff tickets early and save $! Prices will rise as we get closer to the festival!

Pre-Sale Ticket Prices:

  • Country Club GA: $35.99 - SOLD OUT!
  • Country Club VIP: $129.99 - SOLD OUT!

General On Sale Ticket Prices:

  • GA: $39.99
  • VIP: $149.99

Parking Ticket Prices:

  • Online: $25.00
  • Onsite: $40.00 *Cash Only!


How do I become a Chili CookOff Competitor?
You must be an ICS Member to compete. The first step is to register with the ICS HERE! Once registered, our Chili CookOff Organizer, Annie Sandor be in touch with step 2!



KISS Chili CookOff staff is ready before, after, and during the festival to answer any of questions or concerns you might have. Please have patience- We receive a large number of emails each day and will answer questions in the order in which they are received.

Who do I reach out to for sponsorship opportunities?
Email for 2020 sponsorship opportunities.

Inquiries regarding purchased tickets:
For more information, please email

Are you accepting Food, Drink, Charity or Art Vendors at Chili CookOff? 

Email for 2020 vendor opportunities.


Will there be Meet & Greets?
Yes! Listen to KISS Country 99.9 for more information.

Will there be food and drink available for purchase?
Yes! Click here to see all the food options we had last year.

Can I bring a baby backpack?
Yes, you are allowed to bring a baby backpack and baby formula, but only if you are bringing a baby to Chili CookOff! And your baby requires a ticket.

Will there be exceptions for bringing food in made for people with food allergies or religious reason?
Yes. These exceptions must be pre-approved by Chili CookOff. Email

Is the area handicap accessible?
Yes, there will be an accessible viewing area. Email for more information.

Will there be handicap bathrooms?

What’s the bad weather policy?
Chili CookOff will go on Rain or Shine! However, if there are severe circumstances, we may postpone, evacuate, or cancel the event.

Can I leave and re-enter the festival site?
No, there is no re-entry.

Is there seating at the festival?
VIP will have seating. For General Admission tickets, there is no seating within the boundaries of Chili CookOff. You are allowed & encouraged to bring your own low-rise chairs.