Salsa is on the menu Saturday

The 2017 Salsa Challenge will be held this Saturday at the Wauseon Farmers Market, giving participants a chance to see who has the best salsa and attendees the opportunity to sample tasty dips.

“Just about everyone enjoys a good salsa recipe, and the best salsa is made from the freshest ingredients,” said James Kerr, Wauseon Downtown Association president. “Since fresh, local, and healthy are all themes for the Wauseon Farmers Market, the Salsa Challenge provides a perfect venue to promote the market.”

The competition begins at 10 a.m; salsa should be brought to the market welcome booth before 9 a.m. All salsas will be judged blind. The judges and public will only see a number and category.

The catergories are hot, mild, sweet, and original. Winners in each category receive plaques. “There have been some return winners, but each year, the competition has brought out a wide variety of recipes,” Kerr said.

Voting tokens, at $1 each, will be available at the welcome tent. Proceeds will support the Wauseon F.I.S.H. food bank.

Chips are provided with the tasting.

“Each year, there are a great variety of salsa recipes to taste and enjoy. The Wauseon Farmers Market thrives on the support of the public, and the Salsa Challenge provides a fun, family-oriented event for to introduce first-time visitors to the market, as well as to award our regular visitors with some variety at the post-fair harvest gathering.,” Kerr said.

The Salsa Challenge was established four years ago when the Farmers Market was moved to North Fulton Street.

“As a part of the planning for the market, several annual events were chosen to add fun and variety to the local shopping experience,” said Kerr. “The Strawberry Festival in June, the Chili Cook-Off in September, and the Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Contest in October, as well as the Salsa Challenge, have all become cherished opportunities for the public to enjoy the Saturday morning outdoor market atmosphere in beautiful downtown Wauseon.”

The deadline for entries is Saturday at 9 a.m., but if possible participants are asked to submit them digitally or in-person at the Wauseon Public Library by 5 p.m. on Friday.

For an questions concerning the competition, email

“The Wauseon Downtown Association invites our friends, family, and guests from the community to stop by for a taste of Wauseon’s best salsa,” Kerr said. “Shop at the booths of the market to take home your own fresh ingredients for favorite home cooked meals, and also support local crafters by buying samples of hand-crafted items for your home.”

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Wauseon Farmers’ Market hosting Salsa Challenge

By Drew Stambaugh