Who makes the best Salsa in Albuquerque? At the Old Town Salsa Fiesta, contestants make their salsa on site and you can sample them all and vote for your favorite.
Almost 2,000 people came out to taste the best Albuquerque has to offer when it comes to homemade Salsa. The weather cooperated and we had a beautiful event. Thank you to the particpants, the judges and the staff who worked so hard to make this event a success. We can't wait to see you next year!
1st Place- Janet Cordova
2nd Place- Vato Loco
3rd Place- Arleen Parra
Chef's Choice- Arleen Parra
9th Annual Historic Old Town Salsa Fiesta
Saturday, September 14th
Free to attend ($5 to taste and vote in salsa contest)
Join us at theOld Town Salsa Fiesta to taste the flavors, feel the rhythms, and dance to the sounds of salsa.
Salsa Recipe Competition
A Salsa Fiesta in New Mexico wouldn't be complete without a salsa recipe competition. This contest showcases the best salsa recipes from non-professional cooks in the region. The best salsa is decided by public vote. Participants can taste and vote for their favorite.
The Salsa music will come from every direction in Old Town throughout the day on four stages.
Schedule of Events:
- Salsa Preparation noon - 2 p.m.
- Salsa Tasting & Voting 2:30 - 5 p.m.
- Winner Announced 5:30 p.m.
This year we will be adding a new award to the competition: The Chefs’ Choice Award. The winner of this award will be decided by local professional Chefs.
- Matthew Schnooberger: Santa Ana Café Sours Chef at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
- Michael Perseo: Chef / General Manager of Rio Chan Foods; Leads Flying Star Café Bakery Team
- Michael Giese: Executive Chef of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
- Phil Roybal: Chef of Nob Hill Bar & Grill
Noon Mala Maña
1 p.m. Havana Son
2 p.m. Encuentro
3 p.m. En-Joy
4 p.m. Los Tropicales
5 p.m. Off Broadway Dance Studio
5:30 - 7 p.m. Son Como Son
San Felipe Stage
Noon Victor Alvarez Y Savor
1 p.m. L@sotr@s
2 p.m. Ramon Calderon Y Cuba Pacha
3 p.m. Havana Son
4 p.m. Baracaldo
Noon Ramon Calderon Y Cuba Pacha Trio
1 p.m. Victor Alvarez Y Savor
2 p.m. Baracaldo
3 p.m. L@sotr@s
4 p.m. Los Primos
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Courtyard
Noon Trio Latino
2 p.m. Los Primos
3 p.m. Terra Plena Latin Band
Free kids' activities including face painting and climbing wall
In addition to the wonderful Old Town restaurants, food trucks will be in attendance.
Salsa too hot? Bottled water will be available for $1.
Old Town shops will have sales and specials all day.
Slate at the Museum will have food and a cash bar available in the Museum Courtyard.
Free parking and shuttle! Park and catch the shuttle to the event.Parking located at the Saw Mill lot (Bellamah & 18th Street- behind the Museum of Natural History).
Thanks to our sponsors: