Local salsa makers can find out if their dish is worth a dip during the 32nd annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge on Saturday, March 5, and
Sunday, March 6.
Likewise, salsa lovers will be able to taste more than 100 dips, and enjoy food vendors, alcoholic beverages and Pepsi products, along with live music sponsored by Casino Arizona and the Fry’s VIP Tent at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix.
The proceeds go to a good cause: the Arizona Hemophilia Association, which works to provide programs and services for those living with chronic bleeding disorders. The challenge will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6.
My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge features three categories of contestants: individual, restaurants and businesses. Whether it is to showcase that old family recipe or to try out a new one, this salsa challenge is for you.
Salsa creators from the Valley of the Sun will be vying for a $1,000 cash prize and the prestigious honor of the best salsa maker in the Valley. Saturday and Sunday’s winners will go head-to-head with the winner receiving $1,000 and a retail opportunity with El Sol Foods. The first 75 people to enter the challenge will receive a $50 Fry’s gift card.
To enter, register at SalsaChallenge.com. Last year, more than 100 salsa makers entered the Salsa Challenge.
And, because man does not live by salsa alone, the Salsa Challenge will also feature a Margarita Mix-Off Competition. Mixologists from around the Valley will shake and pour their tastiest tequila concoctions to find the best margarita in town. The winner receives a $500 prize. The tasty margaritas are then auctioned off to the highest bidder.
“The Salsa Challenge has become one of the most anticipated spring events in the Valley,” says Chastity Fermoile, vice president of development and marketing for Arizona Hemophilia Association. “It gives local salsa makers a chance to present their finest recipes and compete against each other for both the cash award and the chance to have their salsa sold in local grocery stores. Also, this year’s Margarita Mix-Off will be another fun addition to the two-day event.”
My Nana’s Salsa Challenge: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, salsachallenge.com, Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, times vary, $15