Kane Brown & Old Dominion Set to Co-Headline KISS Country Chili Cookoff
As country music festivals have come and gone over the past many years, there are a few that continue to draw record numbers of fans and deliver a consistent lineup of some country music’s biggest names. The KISS Country Chili Cookoff is set to mark its 35th year in South Florida, when headliners Kane Brown and Old Dominion take the stage on January 18 at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
The longevity of the well-attended festival brings together a dedicated fan base of both country music and chili lovers that has led to this becoming one of the longest-running and most attended music festivals in South Florida.
Hosted by country radio station WKIS, 99-9-FM, the Entercom Miami-produced Chili CookOff will include a solid lineup of Nashville’s finest, as Eli Young Band, Ryan Hurd, Travis Denning, Caylee Hammack, Noah Schnacky and Ryan Griffin will take the stage along with headliners Kane Brown and Old Dominion.
If you love a good bowl of chili, there will be plenty of chili-themed dishes, along with other tasty eats to satisfy your hunger. The annual chili contest draws both local and national chefs who will compete for the coveted chili cook-off trophy. Those who wish to try the chili will be able to sample and purchase the flavorful treat from the chili-making vendors who are also contestants. To wash down all that delicious spicy chili, there will be plenty of cold beer, including local craft beers, and other beverages to chill down the taste buds.
One of the most distinguishing parts of the festival is that it is a daytime-only event. With gates opening at 8:30 a.m. and the first bands taking the stage at 10:00, this festival runs all day and ends at 6:00 p.m. As has become a tradition for many who have attended the chili cookoff in previous years, those who want to arrive early and skip sleep to hang out with friends and maybe catch a few hours of sleep on the grass underneath the open skies have the option of arriving when the first gates to the park open at 12:30 a.m. For those who would rather get there at the normal time, the other entrance gates are set to open at 6:30 a.m., and the festival grounds open just two hours later at 8:30.