Reminder: Dallas Salsa Fest is Saturday

Free salsa? Can it be true?

If you love salsa as much as I do, you’ll want to make some time this Saturday to visit Deep Ellum Outdoor Market on Crowdus St between Main St and Elm St. The first-ever Dallas Salsa Fest will run from 11 am to 5 pm and will take place along with the normal market of over 40 vendors and local artisans.

The event is free. If you want unlimited chips for dipping into all those salsas, you can get a $5 wristband. There have been hints at smoked salsa, bacon salsa, and coffee salsa, plenty worth the trip in my opinion.

Here are some of the salsa makers that will be present:

Maracas Cocina Mexicana
E Bar Tex Mex
Cita’s Salsa
Jalsa Salsa
La Casita Hot Sauce
CJ’s Smokehouse
One Eyed Joe
Zukali Mexican Gourmet
Damn Good Heat
Flyboy’s Salsa
Summit Salsa Co.
KA Ranch
Rick’s Salsa Co.

Tasters can also purchase beer from Deep Ellum Brewing Co. There will also be live music from Mariachi Los Unicos, a youth mariachi band from Grenier Middle School in Oak Cliff; Andrew Delaney & the Horse You Rode In On; and the Gypsy Playboys.

There is a pre-party tonight, September 17, from 7 pm to 10 pm at the Underpass Tavern at 650 Exposition Ave. It’s open to the public and free, and that’s where the judging will take place by a panel of ‘experienced tasters.’

Free salsa. Those two words are all you need to hear. Get to tasting.

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