It Went Down at the Salsa Showdown

Did y’all enjoy your extended weekend? We had such a good time on Saturday that we are still trying to cool off! Birmingham’s 2nd annual Salsa Showdown took place and a belle had a ball. Local restaurants competed to see who took the crown for the best chips and salsa, guacamole, specialty dip and queso. All the fun benefitted Sidewalk‘s educational programs.

You already know that the sis and I love Mexican food, so we were in chip and salsa heaven! Tamika and I were fortunate to be judges and put our taste buds to work. Tamika was a salsa judge and I was a guacamole, queso and specialty dip judge.

Let’s just say our palette got a workout; one specialty dip–a tomatillo based dip had my mouth on fire. Tamika said a few sauces gave her tastebuds a run for their money too.

Yep, we had to judge all this food.

Getting my judge on.

Little Donkey's queso with chorizo

After eating, we had to work off the calories by banging on piñatas! We actually won a few Rojo gift certificates (thanks to our sweet big sis). The older sis won Sidewalk passes. There was a hot pepper eating contest and it lasted well over 40 minutes.

Check out our nephew getting a snake painted on his arm while he waits for his hat being made!

Me hitting the piñata!
If your piñata had chips in it you could pick a gift. Our older sis had 3 chips & shared with us!

Here are the winners of the 2nd annual Salsa Showdown in Birmingham:

Jury Choice:

Salsa –  Chili’s Grill & Bar
QuesoLa Paz Restaurant & Catering 
GuacamoleTaco Mama
Specialty Dip Little Donkey
Audience Choice:
Salsa – El Barrio
Queso Little Donkey
Guacamole – Taco Mama
Specialty Dip Category OneEl Barrio
Specialty Dip Category Two – Lime Fresh Mexican Grill – The Summit
Bill Hancock won the Hot Pepper Eating Contest for the 2nd year in a row. Congrats to all!


Shermika is a writer constantly in search of her next freelance gig and an ending to her short stories. She loves to plan trips, eat tasty delicacies, and tip toe in heels. She enjoys unique jewelry, good music, reading, and chic dresses.

11 thoughts to “It Went Down at the Salsa Showdown”

  1. Oh my gorrrsh, Shermika! That sounds like a blast! I thought Decatur/Atlanta had some great festivals (Chomp and Stomp — a chili cook off being one of my favorite foodie ones), but a Salsa festival? I would be there in a heart beat.
    And I love that you guys got to judge tons of delicious food for a good cause. What a perfect way to spend a long weekend!

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