Over 100 salsas will be featured at Nana's Best Tasting Salsa ChallengeEXPAND
Over 100 salsas will be featured at Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge
Melissa Fossum

Sample More than 100 Salsas at a Mesa Festival This Weekend

If margaritas and salsa-ing (the food kind, not the dancing) are your thing, then head down to My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge this weekend. The salsas will be served on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15. You'll be able to sample more than 100 total, with beers and margaritas to balance the spice.

This year, the event's 34th, the festivities have relocated to Sloan Park in Mesa.

The two-day event will feature live music and a kid's zone, where you can keep the little ones entertained. Beers can be purchased for $6 and margaritas for $8. Food will be provided by the ballpark at added cost of entry, $15 (free for kids under 12).

The way it works is you get a FREE bag of chips for salsa dipping. In between sampling chips and salsa, you can head over to the salsa competition, where locals and restaurant chefs will compete for the best salsa in three individual categories: Mild, Hot, and Anything Goes.

The final winner from each day will take home $1,000 and be eligible to compete in the upcoming Cinco de Mayo D-Backs Ultimate Salsa Challenge.

Attendees will receive a chip bag for tastingEXPAND
Attendees will receive a chip bag for tasting
Melissa Fossum

The margaritas will flow, many as part of a competition. Bartenders will showcase their margarita mixing skills in hopes of winning the judges' votes for the Valley's best margarita.

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend, and judges won't be the only ones determining the best salsa makers in town. Attendees can also vote, by leaving dollar donations to your favorite salsa makers.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds will be donated to the Arizona Hemophilia Association.

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