The ICS regional chili cookoff is Saturday in Old Town Sacramento. It runs from noon to 5pm. Admission is free, tastes are a small charge. Winner goes to Nationals in Omaha in October.
Other Chowish events in Sacramento this weekend include:
Elevation of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church will offer "ethnic dishes from Russia, Greece, Serbia, Ukraine, and other Eastern European nations".
3rd Annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival
Chili Cookoff & Classic Car Show (Wilton Fire District)
Plus Romanian Food Fest, Weekend in Greece, Oktoberfest, Wine & Cheese Benefit, Hot Chili & Cool Cars (Rocklin), Fair Oaks'toberfest.
No, I have no connection to any of these, I just started reading the Sacramento Bee as Amtrak provides it free on the Capitol Corridor train.