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Saturday, August 4 — 10 a.m.
Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, Showers Plaza at City Hall - Showers Building

Summer's sun is still blazing, and we're about to kick up the heat with Bloomington's 30th annual salsa contest. Entries for the city's best homemade salsa will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges. Take part in the food showdown of the year, and revel in the abundance of locally grown ingredients and the culinary craftsmanship of the salsa creations.

Purchase your entry packet for $5 at Bloomingfoods East (3220 E. Third St.) or Bloomingfoods Near West Side (316 W. Sixth St.). Entry packets must be returned to Bloomingfoods East or West no later than 8 p.m. Friday, August 3. Packets include:

  • an entry form with space to include your recipe
  • a recipe card
  • two 16 oz. containers for salsa
  • a bag to place them in

Judging takes place at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 4. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in each of the categories. 

Even if you don't enter, plan on joining the fun! You'll have a chance to taste the contest salsas (while supplies last) as well as some salsas made by Bivi's Tamales. There will be a salsa-making demonstration by Chef Chris Swartzentruber from Upland Brewing Company at 10:15 a.m.

Salsa Dance Demonstration and Party!

  • Presented in cooperation with Arthur Murray Dance Studio, the annual salsa dance demonstration and party is afoot! Latin rhythms and lively dancing take place in conjunction with the Salsa Contest. Look cool; dance HOT! For more information call 812.334.0553.


Salsa Contest Rules

Salsas should be entirely handmade with fresh ingredients; no additives, preservatives, artificial flavors, or processed sauces allowed. Twenty entries in each of the three categories (tomato-based raw, tomato-based cooked and specialty) are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All the ingredients in raw salsa must be completely uncooked (no smoking, braising, roasting, etc.) Specialty salsas may include tomatoes, but not as a main ingredient. Judges and their family members are not eligible to participate. Limit of one entry per category per person. Winners will be announced at the event around 11 a.m.