(This post has dated info. Please visit Albuquerque’s Old Town Events to find the most up to date info on what is going on in Old Town. The Salsa Fiesta is in August.)
So you think you make a pretty good salsa? All your friends may tell you so, but why not put it to the test? In August there will be a Fiesta in Old Town Albuquerque that is centered around Salsa. You may enter your salsa in the Homemade Salsa Competition, or just come, taste, vote for your favorite and then move on to the other festivities.
What? Albuquerque Salsa Fiesta
When: Saturday, August 15, 2009 – 2:00pm
Where: Old Town Albuquerque
Why: It’s New Mexico – we can’t help ourselves, we have to do it!
Cash Prizes are $1,000, $500, $250 and the winners will also receive beautiful custom-designed molcajetes (mortar and pestle).
You have plenty of time to tweak and perfect your recipe, and remember, hot is not always the criteria for salsa. Salsa is Spanish for “sauce”, so it may be any variation of ingredients that accompanies another food. I think of it as more of a relish. The modern definitions of salsa will many times say “spicy”, but I have tasted may good salsas that contain no hot spice at all. One of my favorite recipe books is “The Great Salsa Book” by Mark Miller, and it is a collection of nothing but salsa recipes from your run of the mill tomato based salsa to more exotic ones like carrot and black olive salsa, and others that combine fruits and milder chili. I think salsa is any sauce/relish that complements what it is served with.
Now – what will the judges think? Well, since you will be judged by the general public, there is no telling. on the ABQ City website you will find the link to the abqsalsafiesta where you will find all the rules and a downloadable entrance form, and a list of all the events at the Fiesta. Last years winners are also listed. For those who are interested in learning more about the Homemade Salsa Competition or about becoming an exhibitor can call Santana Brown at 505-768-3592. There is also a competition for commercial salsas, so there will be plenty of salsa for all!
Besides the salsa tasting, there are many other things going on at this 5th Annual Old Town event. There will be live music and dance, featuring what else? Of course – a Salsa band “Son Como Son”. There will also be special activities for children, and wine tasting for the “big kids”, like me with at least nine New Mexico Wineries being represented with booths at the Fiesta.
Parking in Old Town is not usually that bad, but with an event as popular as this, the city is encouraging the use of Public Transportation and rewarding that with entry to a Prize Drawing with proof of your alternative ride.
Where to Stay? Of course I would love you to stay with us if you are coming to the festival, but space is limited so I also suggest some of our sister inns that are also close to Old Town. We love them and they love us.
Bottger Mansion of Old Town
Cinnamon Morning B&B
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