Event Information


The 34th Annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge is a two-day-long festival featuring the #1 condiment in the U.S. – Salsa! This annual culinary competition features over one hundred freshly made salsas and professional “chefs” will compete for the judge’s vote while attendees enjoy all the chips and salsa they can eat! The Salsa Challenge proudly features restaurants, businesses and individuals competing to make the best tasting salsa in their category. More than 20,000 people are expected to come and taste freshly made salsas, listen to live music, enjoy margaritas, cold beers, and vote for their favorite salsa chef.

My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge is the largest annual fundraiser for the Arizona Hemophilia Association.  The Arizona Hemophilia Association is a volunteer-based 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with inherited bleeding disorders, while advocating for a cure.

2018 Salsa Challenge:

Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, April 15, 2018
10:00am – 4:00pm  

Sloan Park
Chicago Cubs Spring Training Home
2330 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201


2018 Ticketing Information:

$15 Gate includes all you can eat chips and salsa. Enjoy mild, hot, and anything goes salsas from competitors in these categories: individual and business/ restaurant.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $12 until Friday, April 13, at midnight.

$55 VIP includes entrance into the VIP tent, food and complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Children under the age of 12 are free – must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are non-refundable, the event will happen rain or shine!

Purchase your tickets here! 

Parking is FREE at Sloan Park for My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge!!!

Sloan Park
Chicago Cubs Spring Training Home
2330 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201

Unfortunately, because of our location this year only service animals are allowed at the event.

Salsa Competition

The best salsa each day will win a $1,000 cash prize. Additional cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st ($500), 2nd ($250) and 3rd ($100) place winners in the Individual Hot, Individual Mild and Individual Anything Goes categories, as well as the Best of Show ($100). Attendees can vote for their favorites with dollars through the People’s Choice Award.

Champions will be invited to compete at Chase Field during the Cinco de Mayo D-backs Fiesta Ultimate Salsa Challenge. The winner of the Cinco de Mayo D-backs Fiesta Ultimate Salsa Challenge will get a D-backs Suite for 18 people, a Personalized Jersey and more! 

Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix-Off
A separate competition within the Salsa Challenge is the Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix-Off, which takes place from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Bartenders show off their talents to win the judge’s vote for best Margarita.

Kids can also enjoy a day of fun at the event’s KidZone, featuring interactive activities for the entire family including multiple bounce houses, inflatable obstacle course and more.

Still have questions about the Salsa Challenge? Call us at (602) 955-3947 or Contact Us today!