2013 Best Salsa in the World Contest

Since it was a huge hit last year, (55 jars of salsas submitted last year), we are doing it again. The most important factor in this salsa contest is to raise money for the Snowdrop Foundation which helps with Children’s Cancer research and support. All salsa entries are $5/salsa with 2 jars of salsa per entry, but we will gladly accept more because 100% of the proceeds are given to the Snowdrop Foundation. If you did not hear about this salsa contest last year, we are sponsoring it in conjunction with the Houston Hot Sauce Festival. The salsa entered can be from anywhere, but must be manufactured in a legal kitchen and have nutritional and ingredient declarations on the label. No fresh salsa will be allowed, only sealed jars to be as fair as possible. We had 2 categories last year – traditional and fruit-based. I will open the contest to a black bean & corn salsa category if I can get at least 10 companies interested. As soon as I have 10, I will alert all the companies that inquired, so they can add these salsas to their mailing list.

All categories will be judged separately, but with the same grade scale:
1- Flavor/Taste- (scoring) 1 – 10 pts
2- Appearance- 1 – 5 pts
3- Addictability- 1 – 5 pts (See the definition at Urban Dictionary HERE)
4- Aroma- +1/-1 (most salsas have a neutral scent, so only points will be given or subtracted if the salsa either is exceptional in smell or makes your nostrils close).

The deadline for receipt is Saturday September 7th, 2 weeks before the show. If you are vending at the show you can hand it to us, but you still need to inform me exactly what your entries will be by the same deadline via email. In fact, ALL submissions whether they are shipped or received at the start of the Houston Hot Sauce Festival must first be acknowledged by me via email at al******@ya***.com by August 31st. So if you sent an email to me, and have not received a response in return, you better try again. If you have posted on Facebook, ILoveItSpicy or the Show page your intentions, that is not good enough. You need to contact me your intent via email. Late submissions will not be accepted. Over 5 months time should be enough to let us know.

We will begin sampling the salsa before the show even opens on September 21st, and during the award ceremony we will announce our winning salsas. If you think you have the salsa of champions and want to pit yourself against the very best of salsa out there, then this is your chance to put your salsa where our mouths is/are. No fresh salsa is allowed in the contest, only jarred, professionally labeled products are permitted.

If you wish to help out even if you are not a part of the salsa contest then please do.
Send your all your salsa entries & donations (checks and money orders made out to the Snowdrop Foundation) to:

ILoveItSpicy Salsa Contest
Houston Hot Sauce Festival
12327 Piping Rock
Houston, TX 77077

Remember, simply shipping and bringing your salsa to the show is not going to get your salsa into the contest. I repeat, you MUST send me an email by September 7th with your list of salsa for the contest, and if you are not vending at the show, your salsa MUST be received by September 7th as well. Those vending will be required to submit the salsa to the event coordinators before the start of the show, September 21st, approximately 9am. We need to create a list of the submissions prior to the show, so no salsa will be permitted after the deadline.

Details on attending the Houston Hot Sauce Show can be found by clicking the web banner to the left of the page. I look forward to seeing everyone there, but especially trying all those great salsa entries.

Houston Hot Sauce Show
Website: www.HoustonHotSauce.com
Stafford Centre
10505 Cash Road
Stafford, TX 77477
Festival Hours:
Sept 21, 2012 11 a.m. to 6 pm
Sept. 22, 2012 noon to 5 pm
Admission to be announced and parking is free.
Chile-dren under 12 will receive free admission.

Vendor Information: CLICK ME

23 thoughts on “2013 Best Salsa in the World Contest

  • May 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Gunther’s Gourmet is in. We’ll also kick in to the Black Bean and Corn category if you get enough people.

  • June 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I appreciate all the support people, but make sure you read the rules and email me your intent. I have a file saved for all the email submissions. Thank you.

  • June 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Sweet and Spicy is in. I appreciatte the opportunity to join a great cause. I hope to help raise money for your cause and hope everyone will have a chance to try my very tastey salsa, all my info is on a facebook page and i started just this year any support from people is appreciated. i also started shipping across Canada! great for my homemade all natural Saskatchewan salsa. thank you to Al for inviting me

  • June 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm



  • June 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Check your site email.

  • June 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    He is not good at checking that too often. You better off calling or emailing him. If you need any of that info, I can email that to you.

  • June 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm


    I ve got all his info, will give him a call.

  • June 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    No problem. I hope all is well, and you didn’t lose anyone with all those tornadoes.

  • July 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Love you to be in our contest again Frances.

  • July 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    The grand champion is back!

  • August 10, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I still have not received an email indicating that you are in from many of the companies on this post. Please send me your company, your entries, and whether you will submit it at the show or be shipping by the deadline. Thank you.

  • August 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I’m in. I won’t be able to make it to the show though.

  • August 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    You do not have to be there to participate.

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