OAKHURST – Do you make a killer salsa? Perhaps you are lucky enough to know someone who does. You’ll be happy to know a new event has been added to this year’s Fall Festival for Saturday, Oct. 11: Salsa Fest, sponsored by Vision Academy of the Arts, offers foothill home-chefs a chance to show off their favorite original salsa recipes to earn the title “Best Salsa in the Mountains.”
Mountain area residents are encouraged to submit their favorite home-made salsas for the tasting. Think of the bragging rights!
Winners will have the opportunity to publish and later share their prize winning recipes during Vision Academy’s annual scholarship fundraiser, “Grand Night for the Arts” in February.
Three categories for entry include Fresh Tomato Salsa, Cooked Tomato Salsa and Specialty Salsa. Specialty Salsa could be fruit based, raw or cooked. Vision Academy will assemble a panel of local chefs and personalities to judge the winners in each category.
In addition, attendees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite salsa by placing a donation in a jar next to their top choice. The salsa that earns the greatest amount of money for the nonprofit organization will be dubbed “Taster’s Choice.” All donations will go to Vision Academy of the Arts Scholarship Fund.
Last year’s 1st Place winners include Cindy Donnell and Terry Hoke.
Participants may register in any or all of the categories. The cost for pre-registration is $10 through Thursday, Oct. 9, and on Friday registration goes up to $15.
To register for the Salsa Fest Contest sponsored by Vision Academy of the Arts at the Fall Festival, pick up an entry form available at the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce and the Oakhurst Library and submit payment to Vision Academy of the Arts, PO Box 1272, Oakhurst, CA. 93644 or turn registration and payment over to a Vision Academy volunteer at the time of the event.
Participants should deliver their salsas to the Vision Arts booth at the Fall Festival by 9 a.m., while the event is being set-up. Judging takes place at 10 a.m. All salsa entries MUST include a complete list of ingredients on a 3 X 5 card for display during the competition. Recipes are not mandatory and remain the property of each contestant.
For questions or additional information, e-mail Jackie Byers or phone 559-683-7071