Homemade Salsa Tasting Contest

Date: Sept 27 - Oct 01, 2017

CHAIR: Margie Erben

CO-CHAIR: Julie Smith

This contest is open to all homemade salsa creators. The competition is restricted to non-commercial salsa. Salsas produced on the premises of commercial kitchens or restaurants are not eligible. The salsa must be made in your home.

Entry requirements for each competition entry:

  • Bring the recipe for your salsa with your entry
  • Indicate on your entry the date it was made (Must be fresh made for competition or fresh preserved using the approved hot water method)
  • Only one entry per participant
  • Bring your entry in a one pint, sealable container such as a ball or mason jar with sealable lid or a “Zip Lock” type container with sealable lid
  • All entries will be kept on ice until judging time
  • For food safety reasons, all entries will be disposed of after competition is completed. Only the empty food container (and trophy or ribbon) will be returned to the competitor
  • Entries will be accepted between 8:00am and 6:00pm on Wednesday, September 27.
  • The Chairperson must inspect and accept all entries for food safety reasons and their decisions are final.
  • Judging will take place on Wednesday, September 27 beginning at 7:00pm. No Spectators are allowed.
  • Empty containers, entry tags and ribbons may be picked up on Sunday, October, 1 between 5:00pm and 8:00pm or Monday, October, 2 between 8:00am and 12:00noon.

Samples of salsa will be tasted and judged, therefore for food safety reasons, all salsa must be made fresh on the day of competition or canned/preserved using the hot-water canning method to be considered to judging. Seals will be tested before acceptance for judging. All salsa entries will be judged in a blind judging using both plastic spoons and tortilla chips for tasting.

Entries will be judged on four criteria:

1) appearance

2) color

3) aroma

4) taste

Salsa awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Best Overall Homemade Salsa (Trophy)
  • Tri-Color Ribbons will be awarded in the following categories if 3 or more entries are entered:
  • Best Red Salsa
  • Best Green Salsa
  • Best Pico de Gallo
  • Best Chutney
  • Best Fruit Salsa or Chutney
  • Best Pepper Spread


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