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Hot Holland salsa winners

HOLLAND, Michigan - As the sun came out last Saturday, August 21, so did the heat at the third annual Salsa Showdown at the Holland Farmers Market! A total of 17 teams entering the salsa-making competition from across West-Michigan, making salsas on-site using fresh ingredients from the Market. In addition, nine fearless contestants entered the Jalapeno Eating Contest, to see who could eat the most peppers in a three-minute period.

Salsa-makers entered the competition in either the Amateur or Professional division. Their salsas were evaluated by a team of judges on their aroma, consistency, appropriate heat category, color, taste, and after-taste. The judges included 95.7 FM W-Lite morning show radio host Gerry Barnaby, Carlos Sanchez, executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce, and Ingrid DeRoo, an experienced personal caterer. All of the winners in the Amateur division were awarded cash prizes, while the first place winner in the Professional division was awarded a traveling trophy. The second and third place winners in the division received medals.

In the Amateur division, the team from Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP) took first place for the second year in a row, followed by Magnanimous Salsa from Grand Rapids, who placed second once gain. Salsa Showdown veterans Sweet 'N Salsa placed third in the Amateur division. In the Professional division, New Holland Brewing defended their first place position for the second time, while two teams from CityVu Bistro, Mass Devastation and Feroc and Rollin', placed second and third respectively.

Magnanimous Salsa was also the winner of the People's Choice trophy, voted on by those who attended the public salsa tasting from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm as part of the event. A total of 480 people taste-tested 50 gallons of salsa in just two hours, placing votes for their favorites. At noon, a large crowd
gathered outside of the salsa-tasting tent to watch Ron Chavez defend his first place position in the Jalapeno Eating Contest by eating a total of 10 jalapeno peppers in three minutes once again.

The Holland Farmers Market would like to thank Taylor Rental of Holland, all of the participants, and all of the volunteers that once again helped make the Salsa Showdown such a successful event for the community. The Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm from mid-May through mid-December, rain or shine. The City of Holland's Department of
Leisure and Cultural Services hosts the Market at 150 West Eighth Street.

For more information on the Market, visit www.hollandfarmersmarket.com, the
Holland Farmers Market Facebook page, or contact Market Master Candy Todd at
616-355-1138. No pets of any kind are allowed at the Market.

Claire DePree
Event Coordinator
Holland Farmers Market