Jan. 18th-19th: YaGa’s Chili Beer Quest & Beer Fest


Attention Chili Masters & Beer Lovers! You are invited to attend the 10th Annual Chili Quest Cook Off & Beer Festival January 18th-19th in Downtown Galveston.

This will take place Downtown at the intersection of 23rd & Strand. It is free to browse.

For the past nine years, Yaga’s has brought a diverse crowd of Chili & Beer lovers from all over the nation to Galveston. This year’s festival will consist of the ever so popular chili and beer tasting with a ton of added perks. Get ready for live music, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, washer pitching tournament, jackpot margarita contest, vendors, and a historical strand merchant walk-about.

Tickets & More Info

Several different options are available. For more info and tickets go to Discount tickets are available for advanced ticket purchases.

  • Chili & Beer Tasting Combo Packages – $39 in advance
  • Chili Tasting Ticket – $12 in advance
  • VIP Beer Tasting – $40 in advance
  • General Admission Beer Tasting – $34 in advance
  • Tres Chili & 16 oz Beer – $15 in advance

Helping the Kids

The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston is a “home away from home” for the families of children who are seeking medical treatment at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and Transitional Learning Center.

The House is more than a place to stay; as an alternative to an isolated hotel room, the families and children enjoy cheerful surroundings and the support of other families, volunteers, and staff.

A portion of the proceeds from the Annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston.

Chili Cook Off and Sampling

Whip up a batch of your best chili recipe and bring it on down to the Galveston Historical Strand.

Compete for the gold and Chili Champion bragging rights. Although every chili has its own unique taste, they can’t all be winners. Here is your chance to light up those judges’ taste buds and show ‘em what you got!

Chili teams are serving their best recipes Saturday, January 19th, 12 noon-3pm. Teams lining the Historical Strand District will dish out a sample to festival attendees who have purchased an official chili-tasting cup. Walk around and try countless samples for the 3-hour span, enjoy the live music, and cold refreshments.

Beer Fest

Join Beer Fest on January 19th, and take a stroll among 120+ brews and get the chance to taste breweries from across the USA right here in Galveston. General Admission is from 1-4pm unless you want the VIP treatment. VIP access gains you early entrance into Beer Fest at 12 noon, allowing for one additional hour of VIP tasting.

VIP tickets will get you in an hour early so you don’t miss out on beers such as Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla, Karbach Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter 007, and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

Beerfooter 5K & Fun Run

Put your “Beerfoot” in front of the other in this “Brewiful” Beach 5K Fun Run “hoppening” at Beerfoot Brewery!

The Beerfooter Beach Run is sure to put some pep in your step and beer in your belly! In conjunction with the 8th Annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest, you are invited get some exercise before devouring warm chili and cold brews. Crazy outfits/team uniforms are extremely encouraged.


Friday, January 18th

  • 7pm: Chief Cooks meeting at Yaga’s Cafe
  • 8pm: Kick-off Party at Yaga’s Cafe

Saturday, January 19th

  • 9am: Beerfoot 5K Fun Run (28th & Seawall)
  • 10am: Vendors booths open
  • 10:30am: Washer Tournament check-in
  • 11am: Strand Merchant Walkabout and the Washer Tournament begins
  • 12 noon: Public Chili Sampling begins, V.I.P. Beer Tasting opens and the Jackpot Margarita Contest takes place at Saengerfest Park
  • 1pm: Public beer tasting opens and live music begins in Saengerfest Park
  • 3pm: Public Chili Sampling and the Strand Merchant Walk About Ends
  • 4:30pm: Awards Ceremony at Saengerfest Park

Tickets at available at Yaga’s is located at 2314 Strand St., Downtown Galveston.

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