Salsa contest announced

— Staff Report

August 27, 2013 

A new event, intended to spice things up, has been added to this year's Mountain Heritage Days' "Step Back in Time" events. "Salsa-Fest" is sponsored by Vision Academy of the Arts to give mountain area residents a chance to show off their favorite original salsa recipes and earn the title "Best Salsa in the Mountains."

The event will be held at 9 a.m., Sept. 14 at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park, the weekend prior to Heritage Days (Sept. 20 and 21).

There will be three salsa categories: Fresh Tomato Salsa, Cooked Tomato Salsa, and Specialty Salsa (fruit-based which may be raw or cooked).

Vision Academy will assemble a panel of area chefs and personalities to judge the winners in each category. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite salsa by placing a donation in the jar next to their top choice. The salsa that earns the highest donations will be named the "Tasters' Choice," with all donations going to the Vision Academy of the Arts Scholarship Fund.

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.

Pre-registrations are due by Thursday, Sept. 12. Registrations after that date are $15, payable at the door. Contestants may place up to two entries per category.

Contestants must deliver their salsa to Fresno Flats by 9 a.m. on September 14 and are required to remain on-site throughout the event. Judging will take place at 10 a.m. The tasters' choice winner will be announced at the end of the event.

To register, pick up an entry form, available at the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce and the Oakhurst Library and submit the $10 entry fee to Vision Academy of the Arts, P.O. Box 1272, Oakhurst, Calif., 93644 or hand them a Vision Academy volunteer at the time of the event.

Details: Jackie Byers, (559) 683-7071, jam@sti.net.

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