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12 Months of Dates: April 2012: My Nana’s Salsa Challenge

My Nana’s Salsa Challenge: And Arizona tradition bringing together the Southwest’s favorite condiment in a taste test challenge.

Two years ago we made the wrong turn on a double date and ran into a lot of traffic in Tempe. We quickly learned that one of the biggest festivals in Arizona was taking place- the annual My Nana’s Salsa Challenge. We L-O-V-E salsa! I’m pretty sure we could eat it for every meal and feel great. There is just something about tomatoes, onions, cilantro, salt, and variations of lime juice, garlic, peppers, etc. that make this, without a doubt, the best condiment. We wished we were there the day we discovered the festival and vowed to go the next year!
We were married around the time the festival took place last year and were seriously bummed we couldn’t go. But that would not stop us the following year!

My Nana’s Salsa Challenge


Naturally, this was a no-brainer for a date with our 12 Months of Dates (let’s go on a date for April) since we’d been hoping to go for quite some time. Jacob was definitely stoked when he unwrapped this one!

A year of Dates gift April date to the Salsa festival.

Arizona Salsa Festival

But if you are in AZ and want to go, it’s actually a little cheaper to buy tickets online or through Frys. Which worked great, we used the cash to park close to the festival.

Basically, you walk in and there are rows and rows of vendors and entrants who have samples of all-you-can-eat salsa. You pick up bags of chips and collect samples as you go. At the end you have a ticket to give to one vendor to vote for your favorite. Every vendor hopes to win, so they are very happy to have each person come try their salsa. There were seriously over 100 vendors, and we couldn’t even get through all of them! It was well run and there was some really amazing and really unique salsas to try.

Salsa tasting festival.


Salsa festival taste test tray.

The only complaint we may have had is the crowd to get chips. We waited for a while and then some nice lady told us there were other stations that took less time. We loaded up what we could and our “plates” with salsa and I guarded them while Jacob went to find chips.
Here is the hero shot of Jacob returning successfully! 4 bags of chips baby!
Tempe Arizona Salsa Festival.

Oh, how we enjoyed the salsa!

Salsa taste test tray.

And went back and enjoyed some more!

Tasting salsa flavors.

And went back and…..well….you get the point!

After almost 2 hours we realized our mouths were really on fire, and we probably had had enough. We also realized we were in desperate need of a drink! We basically sprinted to the car and stopped to get some of these babies:

Fountain drinks in car.

Thank you QT for always having our back with beverage needs!

Ending salsa tasting with a fountain beverage.


Ending salsa tasting with a fountain beverage.

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  1. karensmith says:

    These are great date ideas! Dates don't have to be always dinner outs but must be fun as well. Great post you got here. Thanks for the information that you've shared with your readers. :)’http://www.freecollegedating.net/

  2. Shannon b says:

    This is the coolest idea for a festival — unlimited salsa sampling. Sounds like a great date!

  3. I like how you presented the date information, Our spicy date =) cute.

  4. Claudia at Lashes and Beard says:

    What a fun date! My husband and I are big fans of salsa, too, but lean more towards pico de gallo. Now if I could find a festival for that… mmm! 🙂


    -Found your blog through the Let's Go On a Date linky party!

  5. What an amazing idea!!! Gotta love salsa. And thank goodness for QT…we may or may not go there after every date! haha