Published on February 1st, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


The Palladium Society 18th Annual Chili Cook-Off Presented by Music Farm Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. —Bring your appetite to Music Farm Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 27, for The Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off, presented by Music Farm Columbia from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The 18th annual Chili Cook-Off features a variety of chili recipes for tasting, judging by local celebrities, and cash prizes for the winners.

Chili Cook-Off tickets include all you can eat and drink chili, wine, and beer, as well as live music by The Steppin Stones from Charleston, SC. Tickets are $20 for Palladium Society members, $25 for Historic Columbia members, $30 for the general public, and all tickets sold at the door will be $40. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at, by phone at 803.252.7742 ext. 15, or by email at All proceeds from this event benefit Historic Columbia.

“We are thrilled to be holding the event again this year at the Music Farm, in the heart of the historic Vista,” says Lauren Dillon, president of Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society. “There is nothing finer than an evening of chili sampling, beer sipping, and live music listening in the capital city.”

Want to put your chili recipe to the test? The deadline to enter the Cook-Off is 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 8, and the $25 entry fee covers one chili entry, plus two tickets (cook and one guest—a value of $50) for this famously hot event. Learn more and register as a cooker at

The artwork for this year was created by Sean McGuiness, aka That Godzilla Guy, who will be signing posters and selling original artwork at the event.

The Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off is presented by Music Farm Columbia and brought to you by 2nd Wind Heating and Air Conditioning; WB Guimarin; Bowman and Brooke; Palmetto Decorators, Inc.; Turnipseed & Associates; Midland Agency Insurance; Master of Plaster; Lauren Gilstrap – Coldwell Banker; Beam & Hinge; First Citizens Bannk; David J. Watkins II; Mortgage Network, Inc.; Mary Lane Sloan – The ART of Real Estate; Cohn Construction Services; The Boudreaux Group; The Moore Company; Chernoff Newman; Inn at USC; MetCon, Inc.; WXRY; Ole Timey Meat Market; and wine provided by Smoking Loon.

About Historic Columbia:

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.


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