Salsa Contest


What: The Melrose Park Public Library will be holding our first ever Salsa Contest at the End of the Summer Reading Party. Contest winners may win a $25 gift certificate to Carnitas Don Alfredo to be used at any of their three locations.

When: Friday, August 1st, 2014 from 12 to 2 pm


            Village Civic Center

            1000 North 25th Street

            Melrose Park, IL 60160

Contest Information:

  • All contestants must pre-register to enter the contest. No entry fee. No more than 2 salsa entries per person.
  • Deadline to register is Friday, July 25 at 5:00 pm. Questions can be directed to the Adult Services Department in-person, through email,, and at (708) 649-7485.
  • All salsas must be homemade and fresh. No canned salsa will be permitted.
  • Salsas will be judged by the public for the category of BEST Overall Salsa.
  • Contestants must supply at least 1 quart per salsa.
  • Entries need to be dropped off at the Village Civic Center between 11:45 am and 12:15 pm on Friday, August 1st.
  • Sampling of entries will begin at 12:30 pm. Winner will be announced at 1:30 pm by a representative of Don Alfredo.
  • Please label all of your containers with mild, medium, or spicy, along with your name.

Best Practices:

  • Keep salsas refrigerated as much as possible
  • Use gloves while cutting ingredients
  • Make sure to wash hands with hot water before, during, and after preparation of the salsa