It’s the 21st Annual Salsa Contest!

10 am Saturday, August 29, at the Farmers’ Market

ImageDoes summer get any hotter than this?! It’s salsa time in Bloomington, with all the drama of our city’s most popular annual food contest. For the 6th year in a row-- and the 21st year of this co-op tradition--we are pleased to team up with Bloomington Parks and Recreation to co-sponsor the annual Bloomington Salsa Contest, where a team of local judges determines who makes the best salsa in town.
You can catch the Salsa Contest at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market, 6th and Morton Street at Showers Commons, beginning at 10 am on Saturday, August 29th. Our master of ceremonies this year is Steve Krahnke, director of national program development at WTIU public television. Judges include notable food experts from our community.

Twenty entries in each of the three categories (tomato based Raw, tomato based Cooked, and Specialty) will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You may enter the contest by picking up an entry packet or two at either Bloomingfoods East (3220 East Third Street) or Near West Side (316 West Sixth St.) Packets include complete contest rules, a recipe/registration form, and containers for returning your salsa. The fee is $5 per packet. Entries must be submitted to Bloomingfoods East or Near West Side no later than 7 pm on Friday, August 28. Judges and their family members are disqualified from the contest.
Salsa should be entirely handmade with fresh ingredients; no additives (such as MSG) or preservatives allowed. A small quantity of commercial hot sauce is permitted as a single ingredient; please indicate the brand on your recipe, if used. To protect the taste buds of our judges (and the public) please refrain from making super-hot salsa. Limit of one entry per category per person. You or a representative must be present at the event by 11:30 am to win.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each category. First place winners will be have their recipes featured in a future issue of Bloomingnews, and all of the winning recipes will be posted on the Bloomingfoods co-op website.

Salsa contest prizes are contributed by Bloomingfoods, the City of Bloomington, and other local businesses, restaurants, and organizations. The salsa maker or a representative must be present at the contest to win and claim prizes.

Gregg ‘Rags’ Rago and Susan Bright, of Nick’s English Hut, will be on-hand with their popular salsa-and guacamole-making demonstration at 10:15 am.
At 11 am, while the team of judges reaches their decisions, the Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Bloomington with entertain with a Salsa Dance Contest. Log on to the Bloomington Arthur Murray Dance Studio website to learn how you can enter the Salsa Dance Contest.

After the judges test the entries, everyone in attendance will have a chance to sample the salsa and judge for themselves, while supplies last. The Salsa Contest is taped each year by CATS, Community Access Cable Services of Bloomington, on the first floor of the Monroe County Public Library.

If you have general questions, please contact Marcia Veldman at Bloomington Parks and Recreation. For inquiries about entry packets and submitting your salsa entry, call 812-339-4442, extension 105. If you are interested in representing your business by making a contribution to the contest prize packets, please contact ellen [at] bloomingfoods [dot] coop.
We are looking for a few good volunteers for this event, in exchange for a one-time 10% discount Bloomingfoods shopping coupon. If you are interested, please get in touch with Steve: community [at] bloomingfoods [dot] coop.