Tempe hosting salsa taste-off to benefit charity

April 18, 2013 by  

Tempe area salsa lovers will soon have the opportunity to sample dozens of varieties of their favorite condiment at a fun-filled local event.

It is just over a week until the annual ‘My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge’ will be returning to the city. The services of a print company are likely being used to create banners and posters for this popular competition before it kicks off for the 29th straight year.

Chefs from a variety of backgrounds and professions will be on hand to showcase their culinary creations. Attendees will be able to try more than 100 unique types of fresh salsa, consuming an estimated 3,000 pounds of tortilla chips in the process. Although they will have a chance to collectively declare one salsa as their favorite, a judge will ultimately decide which chef deserves the $1,000 prize.

Children are invited to attend the salsa contest with their parents. The event will feature a separate kids’ entertainment area complete with bounce houses, games, and more.

The festivities will also include a ‘Margarita Mix-Off’, after which a judge will proclaim one bartender’s drink to be the top cocktail of the day.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the arizona Hemophilia Association, which helps children who suffer from bleeding disorders.

The Salsa Challenge will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 27 at Tempe Beach Park (80 West Rio Salado Parkway). Those who are interested may purchase discount tickets at Fry’s stores for $10. Children under 12 will receive free admission, but there will be an extra charge for parking.