A team representing MartinFederal competes in a previous year’s “Stars, Stripes & Chow” chili cookoff by The Baltimore Station to raise money for individuals experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder, particularly veterans. Photo credit: The Baltimore Station.

Warm your belly with bowls of chili while raising money for homeless veterans this Saturday at The Baltimore Station’s chili cookoff fundraiser.

The Baltimore Station, which provides therapeutic treatment programs to veterans and others experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder, will host their 8th annual “Stars, Stripes and Chow: Chili Edition” event Saturday from 1-4:30 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The competition will feature teams from across Maryland, including BlueHalo, Fuchs North America, M&T Bank, MartinFed, the Maryland Multi-Housing Association, and The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation.

Each team will put forth their chili for guests to sample and vote for “People’s Choice” and “Best Theme.” Meanwhile, a panel of judges will select the winning team with the “Best Chili.”

Tickets are $45 for adults; $35 for veterans, active duty personnel, and first responders; $25 for attendees aged 11-20; and free for kids 10 and younger.

All proceeds from the cookoff will go to The Baltimore Station to support residential and community-based therapy programs for veterans and other individuals experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder.

Admission includes unlimited chili samples and other food and beverage options, as well as a kid’s zone.

Soundcheck Rock Academy’s young musicians will provide live musical entertainment.

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...