Kagome Crowns a New Salsa Queen

Two hours southeast of San Francisco,  in the tomato growing region of California, sits the town of Los Banos. The city hosts an annual Tomato Festival, a family friendly event that celebrates all things tomato. Kagome sponsors the annual salsa competition and this year had many mouth watering entries. It was challenging work for Kagome's culinary chefs and food scientists judging which salsa would claim the top three spots.

The field of competition was deep this year.  This "friendly" food competition brings out the best and the brightest amongst the home cooks and foodie crowds.  

After thoughtful consideration the top three entries were awarded.  Maria Herrera took the top spot with Rachel Valenzuela in 2nd, and Dino Garcia taking 3rd. 

Thank you to  all that participate in this fun and tasty event, we look forward to seeing what recipes you bring next year!

Congratulations Maria Herrera for your 1st place win!

Maria Herrera Happy Resized

1St Place Salsa Close Up Resized

Yum! Yum! Maria's Award Winning Tomatillo Salsa

2Nd Place Salsa Winner Resized

Awesome job Rachel Valenzuela on your 2nd place win!

Dino Garcia 3Rd Place Win Resized

Dino Garcia and his Habanero Salsa! Delicious with heat!

1St Place And 3Rd Place Salsa Winners 2016 Resized

Key Kagome Tomato Festival organizer, Lori Dedmon and Executive Chef Alan McDonald congratulates Maria and Dino on their award winning salsas.

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