The Omaha Fire Fest's chili cookoff is certified by the International Chili Society.

Omaha Fire Fest — not to be confused with the ill-fated private island Fyre Festival — is a new chili-and-fire-centric festival coming to Omaha's riverfront this summer. The contest is certified by the International Chili Society.

The festival, slated for Aug. 23 and 24, is the new home of the Midwest and Nebraska Championship Chili Cook-off. The event will include live music, food, beer and wine gardens, a marketplace village and kids activities. 

It will also include lots of "firey" activities, including fire performers and dancers, a fire pit overlooking the river and water fire features. 

Hours are from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Aug. 23 and from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 24. It will take place at Miller's Landing on the riverfront.

Tickets and more information are available now at showofficeonline.com/OmahaFireFest.

Reporter - Food and dining

Sarah Baker Hansen writes restaurant reviews and food stories for the World-Herald. She also writes the quarterly "Food Prowl" series, where teams of tasters go around Omaha to find favorite foods in a number of categories. Phone: 402-444-1069

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