By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
If you’ve got the hots for some spicy salsa, or should you prefer your sauce a little more mellow, the 3rd Annual Salsa Fest in Goldbug will be tempting your taste buds to talk this Saturday.
It’s part of a fun-packed Saturday at the Whitley County Farmers’ Market’s location at the pavilion of the Whitley County Ag Extension Office on U.S. 25W, just off Exit 15 of I-75.
The market opens at 8 a.m., with registration to participate in the salsa contest starting at 9 a.m. The contest kicks off at 10 a.m.
Rachel West of the Farmers’ Market said if anyone wanted to bring their homemade salsa recipe to be sampled and judged, this Saturday is the time to do it.
“I think people get excited about the Salsa Fest because they get a chance to sample something homemade,” West said. “The different salsa recipes in the contest contain fresh ingredients like tomatoes, green and red peppers, onions, corn, cilantro, fresh herbs and other fresh vegetables. It’s just not the same as going to the grocery store and picking up a can of something, or something pre-made or frozen. You can do all kinds of things with homemade salsa.”
But if you’re into salsa and want to take a walk on the wild side, West suggests you learn a little bit of the lingo used in the Salsa Fest.
“There will be two categories people can enter their salsa in the contest. If their salsa is hot, we’ll call it ‘Hot.’ But if the salsa they’re entering is on the mild side, we’ll call it ‘Not,’” West said. “That way, when people sample the different types of salsa and ask what type they want, we’ll ask them, ‘Do you want it Hot or Not?’ The best part is, when people come down here Saturday they don’t have to have a salsa recipe to enjoy the festivities. They can just show up and sample all the different types of salsa out there. They can help judge which salsa is the best of the bunch. And it’s all made fresh.”
Along with the Salsa Fest, other things will be kicking along at the Goldbug Farmers’ Market location.
For one, a Small Animal Swap will take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event gives people a chance to swap or purchase poultry, rabbits, goats, sheep, piglets, mini-breeds, cats and kittens, livestock breeds of dogs and puppies and other small animals on the grounds.
Setup is free for the small animal swap.
The Whitley County Farmers’ Market notes there will be “more than ample room to set up in the grassy areas around the parking lot.” For those planning on setting up, they ask that you bring a canopy and a table if you need one, and consider the temperature and weather this Saturday.
A hand washing station will be available in the area, and for those swapping or selling animals, an up-to-date Coggins Test for equine breeds, and Scrapie Tags or other official animal IDs for goats and sheep are encouraged. They also remind folks that bringing unhealthy animals to the animal swap may put other owners and animals at risk.
West also pointed out other activities will be going on at Goldbug this Saturday during the Salsa Fest, including a fire truck for the kids to climb on and enjoy, and live music will be provided. And with the forecast looking to be warm and sunny on Saturday, they’re expecting quite a few hungry folks.
“We are absolutely looking for a large crowd. And along with the Salsa Fest and Small Animal Swap, we have a lot of fresh produce like corn, tomatoes, fresh pork and beef, and whatever the vendors bring to the market. So after people try the salsa, they can shop around for fresh grown goodies from the garden. It’ll be fun.”
For more information, you can go to the Whitley County Farmers’ Market page on Facebook, or call 549-7373.