My Nana's Salsa Challenge

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PHOENIX -- If you love salsa, then there's only one place you need to be this weekend -- My Nana's Salsa Challenge.

It's exactly what it sounds like -- a daylong festival featuring some of the best salsa around.

Professional chefs and amateurs  -- more than 80 competitors -- will compete for top honors in mild and hot categories. The competitors will be preparing their creations live on-site, so you know they'll be fresh.

Josh Pryor, the 2010 grand champion shared the secret ingredient in his award-winning salsa.

"Passion," he said.

The annual event is a Valley favorite, featuring more than 100 homemade salsas and more than 3,000 pounds of tortilla chips. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend.

Proceeds benefit the Arizona Hemophilia Association, , a non-profit organization that serves the individuals and families affected by bleeding disorders.  The organization serves this community with a variety of services, programming, counseling and children’s activities such as Camp Honor, held each summer in Prescott.

My Nana's Salsa Challenge takes place April 2 at Tempe Beach Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Tickets are $10 at the gate. Children 12 and younger get in free with an adult. Discount tickets are available at Fry's or Fry's Marketplace.

Parking is available for $5 at Rio Salado and Hardy or enjoy preferred parking for $10 at Hayden Ferry or the US Airways Garage on Ash.  If  you don't want to drive,  you can take  the Metro Light Rail to stop #21 (Mill Avenue/Third Avenue).