Some 60 local restaurants and amateur teams are set to face off in the third annual Brookhaven Chili Cook Off on Oct. 11.

Rick Dionne, whose company, Armus Media Group, organizes the event, said he expects 3,500 to 5,000 guests this year, up from 2,500 last year.

“It’s a fun family event,” he said. “With local restaurants participating, it’s a chance to see some of the stuff they do.”

The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m., and festival goers can start sampling the chili and Brunswick Stew at noon. Other activities include live music, arts and crafts, and a kids’ zone. The event takes place at 2740 Apple Valley Road, with free parking and shuttles at the Brookhaven MARTA station.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door for unlimited chili tastings. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit