Ever wanted to find out if your salsa or chili recipe is as terrific as you think it is?
The Salsa Festival will be held Sept. 21 at Courthouse Square. Amateurs and professionals will compete for cash prizes for people’s choice, best mild salsa, best hot salsa and best decorated booth. The deadline for entries is Aug. 30; find details at www.redwoodcity.org (click on events).
In Santa Cruz, amateur and professional chiliheads will square off Oct. 26 for cash prizes and bragging rights in the categories of best chili, most tasted, people’s choice and most original teams. Both meat and vegetarian chilis are eligible. For entry details, go to www.beachboardwalk.com.