What is the difference between an Individual, Restaurant, and Commercial Competitor?
- Individual participants are those who make their own homemade recipe and want to compete (please note that any Individual Salsa participants must pre-batch their salsa in a sanitized commercial kitchen.)
- Restaurant participants are just as it says, restaurants who believe that their salsa is the best in town.
- Commercial participants are those who already package and distribute their salsa’s whether it’s under a tent at a Farmer’s market or on the shelves at your local grocer.
What documents do I need to provide to participate?
- Commercial or restaurant participants please bring a copy of your kitchen’s COI (Certificate of Insurance).
- Individual participants please bring a receipt of the sanitized commercial kitchen you used to prepare the salsa.
- List of Kitchens:
How many Salsas can I enter?
There is no limit to the salsa you can enter, though please bring enough of each for all attendees to sample and vote on. (last year, the event saw 10k+ guests! We suggest bringing a minimum of (10) gallons of each salsa.) • Will I be able to bring my own serving dishes and chips?
Yes, you may bring whichever type of ramekin or serving dish you prefer, though we will provide clear plastic ramekins for you. Same goes for the chips, we will have unseasoned chips but if you believe that your salsa is better showcased with a chip of your choosing you may bring your own.
What do I need to bring to the competition?
Besides your salsas, please be prepared with the following:
- Ten (10) gallons of salsa
- Ice chests/coolers to store and cool your salsas (ice will be available for purchase onsite)
- Hairnets and gloves for salsa servers
- Any equipment you may need to serve your salsa
- Decorative items for your table
- Fire extinguisher if you will be cooking onsite
- Tortilla chips (if desired)
- Sampling spoons (if desired)
- Commercial receipt
What does my participation fee cover?
We will provide the following:
- Temporary Health Permit
- Temporary Fire Permit
- Handwashing station
- (1) 6 ft. serving table
- (1) shared prep table (Please note that you may request your own 10 ft. tent and 2 tables for a $250 total fee, and you may also bring your own branded tent)
- Shared space under an unbranded 10×10 tent
- Ballot box for voting tokens
- Clear plastic ramekin
- Access to electricity (if needed)
How does the voting work?
There are two chances to win the title of the Best Salsa in Texas, the People’s Choice and the Judge’s Choice. During the event, the event attendees will be given a wooden nickel to place in your ballot box if they do so choose to vote for your salsa. One hour before the results are revealed, our staff will come by your booth to collect your tokens for People’s Choice. During the event, our event staff will grab a pint of your salsa to take to the judging area for our panel of judges to determine 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place of each category. If you have any additional questions on how the voting process works, please reach out.
Can I bring my own branded tent? Can I decorate my booth?
We highly encourage you to brand and bring to life your space with decor, marketing material, linens, veggies, etc! Please let us know in advance if you will be bringing your tent, and what the dimensions are to ensure adequate space. If you would like to bring your own stereo, that is allowed as well
Can I bring my own coolers?
You may bring your own cooler to store your salsa as well as water. It is prohibited to bring your own alcohol onto the site, but we will have beverage stations throughout the venue to purchase beer and wine.
How many people am I allowed to bring to help serve the salsa?
With the space provided we believe that a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 people should be adequate to help promote and serve your salsa. If you feel that you need additional help, please email us.
I need to utilize electricity, what do I need to bring?
You will have access to electricity on-site, but we encourage that you provide an extension cord. Some outlets are further away from the booths than others and we want to ensure that you are set-up for success.
When are the load-in, set-up, and load-out times?
- Preliminary set-up starts after noon on May 25th, during this time, we suggest you unload any heavy infrastructure and start decorating your booth (this will allow for ease during the early morning load-in day of the event). We will have overnight security be we don’t recommend leaving anything of value overnight.
- Load-In will commence promptly at 7am May 26th
- Load-out/Breakdown will start at 6pm, once the festival comes to an end. We do ask that you refrain from tearing down your tent and space before this time, seeing as the festival will still be taking place.
If you have any additional questions that may have not been answered on this sheet, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to having each one of you participate in this year’s festival! Contact Information: Chelsea Bourque, firstname.lastname@example.org