The Exceptional Foundation will host the 20th Annual Chili Cook-Off – one of Birmingham’s most beloved fundraisers and traditions – on Saturday, March 2 at Brookwood Village from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Guests will enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, beverages, and all-you-can-eat chili as more than 150 teams compete for our grand prizes, judged by a panel of community leaders, event ticketholders, and Exceptional Foundation participants. We are especially grateful to celebrate 20 years of the Chili Cook-Off and all the support the event has provided for our programs since 2005. 

This year, we are partnering with Alabama Power’s Renew Our Rivers program, one of the nation’s largest river clean-up projects. Alabama Power has been part of The Exceptional Foundation’s Chili Cook-Off for many years, and we are grateful for their continued support. 

The Chili Cook-Off is a great family-friendly event, and our Kids’ Zone will be expanded this year with inflatables and a touch-a-truck event, featuring vehicles from Alabama Power, Altec, Birmingham Water Works, Hoar Construction, and Sherman Industries. 

Good People Brewing Co. and Pepsi beverages will be available at the event, and Doodle’s Sorbets and Ice and Hero Doughnuts will offer sweet treats. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by Liz and the Grand Tour, Chili Fever, and Magic City Disco. 

Our Chili Cook-Off t-shirt sale and specialty bourbon and tequila raffle are both going on now in support of the event. Purchases and donations can be made at

This event would not be possible without our sponsors and cook teams, which are all featured on our event website. All proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off benefit programs at The Exceptional Foundation, which offers year-round services to adults and children with intellectual disabilities. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets are available online, at The Exceptional Foundation, or at the event entrances. Children 12 and under get in free. Find more information about the event at

The Exceptional Foundation was established in 1993 to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities in the Greater Birmingham area by targeting social and recreational objectives not met by educational institutions or the community at large. Learn more at

 Media Contact: Elizabeth Sturgeon,