Community Gardens Salsa Competition

Saturday, September 13, 2014



The Community Garden Salsa Competition will promote both community food (i.e. home and community gardening) as well as neighborliness (i.e. place-based teams working together). There will be three categories hot, mild, and freestyle and groups may have one entry in each of the categories. A panel of three judges will decide upon a first, second, and third place winner for each category as well as select one salsa for having the most creative and place-appropriate name.




2010 - present

Competition Rules


  1. Salsa is a condiment that includes but is not limited to Tomatoes, Chilies, Onions, Salt, Lime, and Cilantro.

  2. There will be three salsa contest categories: mild/medium, hot, and freestyle. Each team may have only one entry per category.

  3. The salsa must be homemade, NOT store (or restaurant) bought.

  4. Each team must provide its own ingredients.

  5. In the mild/ medium and hot categories, with the exception of lime and salt, all ingredients must be from a community garden or the home gardens of contest entrants. In the freestyle category, at least 50% of ingredients by weight must be

  6. Teams must provide a minimum of one quart of salsa per entry on the day of the Celebration.

  7. Teams must provide a copy of the recipe to accompany the entry.

  8. Teams must also provide photo documentation of the garden(s) from which salsa ingredients were derived on the day of the Celebration. It is preferred that this

  9. documentation be in hard copy and displayed alongside the entry, but digital documentation (i.e. on a cell phone) is also acceptable.

  10. Teams are comprised of no less than two (2) and no more than four (4) representing a neighborhood or community organization.

  11. The deadline to enter the competition is Friday, September 5, 2014.

  12. Salsas must arrive by 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event.

  13. The Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration will supply the display table, display placard, tasting spoons, plates, napkins, and tortilla chips.

  14. First, second, and third place ribbons will be awarded to the respective top three salsas in each category.

  15. Additionally, a prize will be awarded for the salsa with most creative and place-appropriate name.


2010 - present



There is free parking throughout the neighborhood and no reserved spaces for cook-off participants. Participants may drop supplies off at the corner of Third Avenue North and Monroe from 10 AM until 10:30 AM.



Registration Form


Downloand/Print Information Packet with Registration Form


Online Registration



Megan Morton, Fair in the City Coordinator


615.782.8212 (Leave Message)

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James D. Shulman Living Trust

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Buena Vista Neighborhood Association

Caldwell-Abbay Hall Neighborhood Association

Light in the Nations


William Northrup

James & Karlene Polk

Van Pinnock

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Jeff Syracuse

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Kelly Johnson

Mouzon Siddiqi

Supporting Friend Sponsors


Joseph D Freeman

Beverly Jacobs

Eldridge "Ronnie" Simmons

Gary Stewart

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Billy Fields

Davidson County Sheriff's Office

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