Hot Fest announces 2007 salsa champs

Concerts For Charity has announced the winners of this year’s Hot Fest For Hospice Salsa Competition, held at Davis Festival Park Aug. 10-11.

Fourteen of the best chefs in town signed up to create 20 entries for the Friday, Aug. 10 Professional Prepared Salsa Competition. Judging was conducted by both a panel of celebrity judges and festival-goers.

This year’s winner of The Judges’ Choice Award is Brio Restaurant, Wine Bar and Patio. Five Forks Market is this year’s winner of The People’s Choice Award, and the winner of “The Best of the Fest” is Paragon On State.

The Amateur Fresh Salsa Competition was Saturday, Aug. 11. This year’s winners of The Most Original Salsa are Terry and Jo Anne Carner, who were also winners of last year’s Best Hot Salsa Award. The Best Mild Salsa Award winners are Nancy Epperson and Dan Brenner, and the winners of the Best Hot Salsa award are Vicki Hunt and Ruth Ann Martin. All three teams received many valuable prizes furnished by local businesses.

Clare and Ron Schwartz won The Most Original Salsa Award last year, and with this year’s entry, they won The Best Overall Salsa and a trip for two to Las Vegas.

For more about Hot Fest For Hospice or Concerts For Charity, call (815) 399-9067.

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