Chili cook-off to benefit Basketball Cop Foundation

Annual cook-off starts Saturday at Gainesville Harley-Davidson

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gainesville Harley-Davidson will host its 16th annual Chili Cook-off this weekend to benefit the Basketball Cop Foundation. 

Amateur teams will compete in Saturday’s chili cook-off for a $500 grand prize, a spot on the menu at Crafty Bastards Restaurant and Pub for the next year, as well as bragging rights. The cook-off starts at 11 a.m. Judges are scheduled to collect chili samples at 1 p.m. and a winner will be announced at 3 p.m. 

While the cook-off competition only takes place on Saturday, festivities will continue through Sunday with live music by the South Street Band, raffle prizes, text-to-win prizes, promotions and cold beverages. Sunday’s festivities are scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Basketball Cop Foundation.

“We are honored to be selected as this year's Gainesville Harley-Davidson Chili Cook-off recipient charity,” Basketball Cop Foundation founder Bobby White said. “Having a local business of this magnitude recognize the work we are doing is motivating. It shows us that the community understands the importance of the work we are doing to improve police-youth-community relations.”

The Basketball Cop Foundation works to establish positive relationships with law enforcement and youth in the communities they serve. The foundation sends police officers out into communities to create a positive experience by interacting with children. 

To RSVP to the chili cook-off, contact Emilee MacDonald at or 352-226-2393.