Imperial Market Days

New Year...New Location... Still #1

The City of Imperial is excited to host the 6th Annual Tri Tip Cook Off on February 25, 2017 in Downtown Imperial. The event is set to take place from 5pm to 9pm at the intersection of Barioni Blvd. and Imperial Avenue.  When asked about the change in location Community Services Director Ember Haller stated “We have outgrown the park. The City looks forward to the new venue for this event and the opportunities that come with it.” The Tri Tip Cook Off draws an average attendance of 6 to 7,000 attendees. “We base that count on the amount of tasting tickets we sale each year,” said Haller.

This year eighteen (18) teams will compete for the Title of Tri Tip Champion; four of which are from out of town. Each team has the potential to win up to $5700 in cash prize through various categories.


Join us for Imperial Market Days featuring the Sweet Onion Festival on Saturday, April 30th from 5PM until 9PM in Downtown Imperial. We have some great activities in store for this celebration including the great King of the (Onion) Ring cooking competition, crowning of the King and Queen of the Sweet Onion, Sweet Onion Funion Runion, Kids Funion Zone, Cooking Demonstrations, and of course the Sweet Onion Eating Contest along with our Imperial Market Days' features of produce, baked goods, specialty food and craft vendors. The Tanner Gomes Band will be providing their great music and the Beer Garden will be showcasing Ballast Point's Grunion Pale Ale as the Official Beer of the Sweet Onion Festival. For more information call 760-355-3316 or visit To download our King of the Onion Ring Cook Off Application or Temporary Food Facility Permit, please click the links below.

King of the Ring Cook Off Application

TFF- Imperial County Environmental Health



Do you love juicy, mouthwatering tri-tip, cold beer, live music, mechanical bull rides and family fun? You must attend the City of Imperial’s 5th annual Tri-Tip Cook-Off on Saturday, February 20th from 10am to 3pm at Eager Park in Imperial.

Sweet Onion Festival

April 18th | 5:00pm-9:00pm, Imperial Ave & Barioni Blvd. Live Entertainment. Cooking Demonstrations. IVROP Sustainability Zone. Imperial Market Days.