Redwood City Salsa Festival Tasting Competition

Salsa Tasting Competition 2019

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Thank you for attending our 2018 Festival!
See you next year!

Public tasting from 12-5pm*

Amateur and professional salsa chefs can compete for fun, prizes, and Salsa Glory in this mouth watering and exciting Salsa Tasting & Competition at the Redwood City Salsa Festival on September 29 from 12 - 8 p.m., happening throughout Downtown Redwood City.

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Newly increased prize bounties!


Click to view past year's winners!

People's Choice Award! 

  • $750 prize and award for 1st place
  • $500 prize for 2nd place
  • $300 prize for 3rd place

Best Hot Salsa

  • $400 prize and award

Best Mild Salsa

  • $400 prize and award

Best Decorated Booth

  • $400 prize and award for "Best Decorated Booth"

Teams can enter the salsa challenge as individuals, or businesses. Salsa will be judged by a qualified panel of judges in the following categories Hot & Mild.

The festival goers will be able to purchase a tasting kit in order to cast their vote for the “people's choice award.”. A qualified panel of judges will judge entries equally based on the following criteria: aroma, consistency, color, appropriate heat level, taste, and after-taste. This panel will also judge each team booth for Best Decorated.

* Please note: Teams make a minimum of 10 gallons of salsa, the 5 p.m. end time is our best estimate and is dependent on how much the public tastes!

Fees are $50.00 for Professionals (Caterer/Restaurant) and $50.00 for individual teams. Space is limited, first come, first serve.

Please print & fill out all forms under your category and mail them along with a check to the address on the form.

For more information contact: Albert Romero

Salsa Competitor Application

Forms - All 3 Forms MUST be completed to enter:

  • Contest Application - coming soon
  • Health Department Form - coming soon 
  • Food & Safety Quiz - coming soon