Cinco de Mayo heats up with salsa contest

A hungry crowd enjoyed attending an event on Saturday, May 5 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo where they could try many salsas and vote on their favorite tastes. The Kenai River Rotary Club – Soldotna, sponsored a Salsa competition at the Duck Inn on K-Beach Road, where thirteen restaurants and caterers provided seventeen salsas to sample. Some were hot and spicy, while some were mild and mellow. After more than three hours of going through mounds of chips and bowls of salsa, there were some clear winners. First place went to the habenero-laced mango salsa of chef Denise McCamon at Mykels in Soldotna, who won a round-trip ticket from Grant Air. Second place was awarded to Grand Burrito, also in Soldotna, winning a set of salsa bowls, and Hena Konev of Simply Fresh Salsa came from Homer to claim third place. Hena sells her jars of salsa at market fairs and has jars available year round.

Club members were kept busy filling salsa cups and plates of chips all afternoon, but everyone felt the contest was a fun and delicious time! Funds raised will go to the final eradication of polio worldwide and to the literacy projects sponsored by the club. Many donations were contributed for a silent auction, as well as the gallons of salsa. Thanks go to: Rocky’s Restaurant in Kasilof; Duck Inn on K-Beach; Soldotna restaurants Acapulco, Golden International, Grand Burrito, Don Jose’s, King Salmon, Fine Thyme, Froso’s, and Mykels; and in Kenai, Heavenly Delites Catering, and Kenai Catering.

Others who donated: Grant Air, ERA Aviation, Kenai River Brewing, Sweeney’s Clothing, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Fancy Fingers Spa, Curves, Great Land Foods, Frames and Things, Northcountry Fair, Susan’s Cut, and River City Books. The support for these local businesses is important to continuing the good service projects of Rotary, and are deeply appreciated.


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