Our first salsa cook off was so much fun that I wanted to share it here with you guys! I’m including a few things we learned from our experience that may help you in your first/next cook off so read to the end.
While Billy and I were on our yearly anniversary trip we came across an ad for a salsa cook off benefitting a local law enforcement officer that lost his life in the line of duty. We certainly aren’t pros at this sort of thing but we like to think we have a trio of some pretty awesome salsa flavors!
Before signing up we did a quick poll on my facebook page simply asking for the favorite flavor of our three salsas. The fan favorite ended up being the smoked salsa so that was the one we entered.
The whole day prior to the event Billy smoked up all the ingredients needed for the salsa so it could be made fresh.
As a family of three we set up our little table and salsa bowls, spoon in hand, ready to have some fun!
Brody had a total blast at the event and played the whole time. He even made a little friend that had cars to play with.
Each person attending the event paid $10 for a container of tortilla chips, unlimited amount of salsa tastings and 3 raffle tickets to cast their votes. As the event went on our cup filled up with more and more tickets!
The tickets were counted and the first and second place winners were announced. Though we didn’t place I have confidence we weren’t too far behind by the looks of our votes compared to others’.
In the end we had great time and learned some do’s and don’ts for next time and I’m going to share them with you in case you plan to enter a cook off.
- Check specifics with the event coordinator so you are prepared with the items you need. Our event provided chips and serving containers. We had to provide our own serving utensil, table and chair.
- We could tell who had done this kind of event before by the way they set up and displayed their tables. I did bring a cheap table cloth but next time I’ll make sure to bring some kind of sign showing who we are, how to find us on social media and what we are serving.
- Lastly, double check with the event coordinator about selling product at the event if that’s something you’re into. We do have a tiny side-gig of canning and selling homemade salsa so it would have been great to know ahead of time that we could bring jars of salsa to sell.
It was so much fun doing a cook off because it was kind of out of our comfort zone but in a good way. I’d love to hear about any cook offs you have done or plan to do!