Saturday, September 24

12th Annual Chili Cook-Off Set for October 15


The Association for Mental Health and Wellness will hold their 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. The event – which attracts hundreds of chili (and non-chili) enthusiasts each year – raises money to support programs for individuals living with mental illness and veterans. Admission is free.
Attendees will enjoy a diverse, delicious, and creative selection of meat and vegan chili dishes from local food establishments, area businesses, and local talent. Trophies will be given in several categories including a “People’s Choice” award.
There will be a myriad of one-of-a-kind vendors, food, beverages, raffle prizes, and children’s games including a much-anticipated annual Halloween costume contest for children under 10 years of age. In addition, live music will be provided by School of Rock: Farmingdale/Sayville, part of the international music education program by the same name.
12th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 12:00pm-4:00pm
(Halloween Costume Contest at 3:30pm)
Association for Mental Health and Wellness
939 Johnson Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
(One block south of LIE Exit 59)
For information on sponsorships, contact Ruth McDade at 631-672-9613. To register a chili team, purchase discounted chili tickets in advance, or to become a vendor, go to
About the Association for Mental Health and Wellness
Based in Ronkonkoma, NY, the Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW) is a not-for-profit organization that provides programs, services, and advocacy for people in Suffolk County who face mental health challenges, with an enhanced focus on service to veterans. MHAW believes that mental health is as important as physical health, and it is their goal to ensure that all local needs and voices are heard and recognized by government leaders, the business community, advocacy groups, and educational organizations in the region. For more information, call 631-471-7242 or go to


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