- Balboa Park Club, San Diego, CA

Who makes the best Guacamole?

15th Annual Guacamole Bowl

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Official Press Release 2018
15th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge
Guacamole Bowl

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Saturday, February 17
Opens to public – 10am
Guacamole Sampling 10am – 1:15pm
Final rounds of judging 1:30-2:30pm


Balboa Park Club
2144 Pan American Road West, San Diego 92101


$8 to come in and sample


A good old fashioned guacamole cook-off.

The 2018 Law Enforcement Challenge-Guacamole Bowl will be celebrating its 15th year as San Diego County’s largest guacamole making competition. With an average of twenty-five competitive teams; each comprised of at least 10 members, the 250 (plus) competitors are all vying to have their team’s name inscribed on the highly coveted, perpetual, Guacamole Cup. The overall Grand Champion team also earns the right to wear the avocado-green Culinary Chef’s jacket. This year the Law Enforcement Challenge is vs. Champions (past years grand champions).

The public is invited to come and sample the guacamole and vote for their favorite teams. Admission is $8.00 and includes tortilla chips provided by Mission Foods and the opportunity to vote for their favorite teams. The top 3 teams in each division, based on the public vote will mix up a final batch of guacamole that will be judged by celebrity judges from law enforcement, business and the community at large.

Entertainment will be provided by the Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista.

Retired San Diego Police Officer Matt Weathersby came up with this unique fundraising idea as a way of supporting local charities. This year's charity is SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes. Over the past fourteen years, the Guacamole Bowl has raised over $138,000 to support local programs for athletes with developmental disabilities.

According to Weathersby, over 2,000 pounds of fresh avocados donated by Calavo Growers, Inc. will be used by the various teams along with lots of onions, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapenos, provided by Jordano's. Matt added, "If you like good guacamole, and lots of it, then Balboa Park is the place to be".

For more information, contact Clara Downes at 858-565-7432 or clara@s4ea.org or visit the Guacamole Bowl website: www.guacamolebowl.com.