25th Annual Smith/Adkins Chili Cook-Off

and Music Festival

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Join us for the 25th Annual Smith/Adkins Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival at the Benton's 31072 Granger Ave, Union City

This may be our final year so we are pulling out all the stops - great beer, great music, and outstanding chili. Our goal is to raise $20,000 for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's.

We changing up the schedule a bit to encourage everyone to party with us a little later into the evening.  Cookers can arrive at 1 pm and the party will start at 2:30.  Chili tasting and judging will be at 4 pm and BBQ dinner and music starts at 5 pm.  

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door and include food, music and beer.  

Invite all your friends - the more the merrier. To invite them just send them this lhe link to this webpage. 

If you plan to cook please email erickassmith@hotmail.com to let me know.

We will once again have an awesome silent auction, raffle tickets and t-shirts for sale so bring your checkbook or extra cash.

Please find our list of bands and schedule below.


      • Ploughman
      • California's Psychedelic Soul group Ploughman formed in 2010 developing an unapologetic and muscular sound by combining the talents of Eric Morrison SmithJoshua Marks, Bill Fanara, and Chris Carey-Stronck . The group cites influences that run the gamut from soul singer Van Morrison, to classic rock (Cream, and The Grateful Dead) with some Prog, Jazz and Ska mixed in for a sharp edge, live organic feeling and a relentless groove. The group's signature brand of psychedelic soul first appeared on the public radar in early 2011 with the single "Shandalay," which created a buzz among critics and fans alike. Ploughman issued "Scratching the Surface" their debut LP in March 2011 after two intense weekends seeking revelation at "The House of Faith" in Oakland, looking for that classic sound by recording on 16 track 1 inch analog. The content digs deep into fertile soil revolving around religious childhood experiences, barbarians, children, love, arguments, and doubt. The stuff of modern life. During 2011 through 2012, live dates have continued, including high profile venues such as San Francisco's legendary Fillmore in the poster room, San Francisco Giants opening day at AT&T Park, Santa Cruz's Crows Nest and constant club shows throughout the Bay Area and central coast. Follow the band on Facebook for upcoming dates! 

      • Touch of Velvet
      • A Touch of Velvet is a seven member band features a bassist, drummer, guitarist, pianist, saxophonist, congas and lead vocals by Jerald Stroughter Sr. 

        A Touch of Velvet performs the sounds of smooth jazz and R&B classics. The high energy and expert musicianship produces a cool vibe and sweet sound for easy listening and dancing.

Schedule and Artist Line-up

1:00PM Cookers can arrive and start the festivities
2:30PM Party starts
4:00PM Chili Tasting and Judging
5:00PM BBQ Rib Dinner is served, Chili Winners Announced
5:15PM Ploughman takes the stage
7:15PM Touch of Velvet takes the stage
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Ticket Type Price Quantity
Admit One

One Adult ticket - includes unlimited beer, chili tasting and one ticket to the BBQ

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VIP Table for 4

Ticket includes entry for 4, t-shirts for 4 and a prime table in the main seating area.

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