9th Annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta
Who makes the best Salsa in Albuquerque? At the Old Town Salsa Fiesta, 40 contestants make their salsa on site and you can be the judge. Join the party with salsa music, salsa dancing, and salsa tasting!
Join the celebration of all things salsa. The annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta features salsa bands and dancers at the Historic Old Town gazebo, free kids’ activities and crafts, plus a homemade salsa recipe competition.
Watch competitors make their salsa on the plaza. Taste them all and cast your vote for your favorite.
Plaza Don Luis will play host this year to a wide variety of kids' activities.
Salsa Recipe Competition
A Salsa Fiesta in New Mexico wouldn't be complete without a salsa recipe competition. This contest showcases the best salsa recipes from non-professional cooks in the region.
All of the votes will be counted and the winners will be announced at the Gazebo!
The Salsa music will come from every direction in Old Town throughout the day. In the evening, enjoy a fun evening of hot music and even hotter dancing.
Salsa music will be presented in the smaller patios throughout Old Town with the Gazebo acting as a central meeting point for the bands.
One of the first things many visitors want to explore when they come to Albuquerque is the unique Albuquerque cuisine
. New Mexican cuisine
is what our state is known for. Its defining ingredient? Chile. Chile
comes in two varieties: red or green. Which one you will prefer is up to
your palate. Don’t like spicy foods? No problem. Albuquerque restaurants
include brick oven pizzerias, pit-smoked barbecue joints, Vietnamese
cafés or prime steakhouses. You want vegetarian, Mediterranean, Italian,
Spanish, Greek or Chinese? We've got it.
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What is New Mexican Cuisine?
For nearly 500 years, cooks here have been blending Native American
foods—like blue corn and squash—with chile peppers, wheat flour, pork
and other ingredients the Spanish settlers brought with them from Europe
and Mexico to make what we now know as New Mexican Cuisine. Today, the
smoke-kissed flavor of freshly roasted green chiles and the earthy
fruitiness of red chile sauce are essential to our favorite dishes, like
breakfast burritos, stacked enchiladas and stuffed sopaipillas.
You'll quickly learn to answer your server's question at Albuquerque restaurants
"Red or green?" with authority. Say "Christmas" if you want to sample
both red and green chile, and don't be afraid to ask for the chile on
the side if you're not sure. For an authentic taste of Native American
fare, head to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
for a sample of fry bread, posole (hominy stew with chile) and other traditional feast day foods.
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