6th Annual Hat Roberts

Chili Cook Off

Saturday October 24, 2020 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

5th Annual Hat Roberts Chili Cook Off

299 Robertson Ave., Tallapoosa, Georgia

Event held near the Cultural Arts Center in the old school gym on the fourth Saturday in October.  All you can eat chili with admission from 10 am to 2 pm.

Sponsored by the Tallapoosa Business Association.

Vendors will be set up to have their recipes judged.  You can vote on "People's Choice"
Music and kids games.  Halloween Costume at 1 p.m.
You can purchase chili dogs, chili spreads and every-thing chili.
Need more information or want to make sure we try your chili recipe – call :

  Tommy Allen    or        Julie Cain

  770.574.2482           770.574.2529

299 Robertson Ave., Tallapoosa, Georgia 30176

Howell Vester (Hat) Roberts
April 2, 1911 – January 2, 1974



                Howell Vester “Hat” Roberts is a true Tallapoosa icon. Legend has it that Roberts, at one time, worked in the kitchen in Atlanta’s famed Dinkler Plaza Hotel. Perhaps that experience is what led the development of his famous chili.


            In the early 1950’s, Hat ran a café on Head Avenue in Tallapoosa.  According to legend, if you came into Hat’s and ordered the chili, you might be asked to pay in advance. That way, Hat could run down the street to Smith’s Market and procure the wieners to top the chili. Whether that story of paying in advance is true, or not, remains a matter of conjecture. However, one thing is certain: Few things in the world can stir the passion of a Tallapoosa native quite as quickly as a mention of “Hat Roberts Chili.”  

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