This Sunday, May 6, the Arbuckle Revitalization Committee hosts their Annual Spring Fiesta Carnitas and Salsa Cook-off at Balfour Park in Arbuckle. Teams will compete for the prestigious award for Best Carnitas and Salsa in-town, as well as a bit of cash: first place winner will receive $300, second place winner will receive $125, third place winner will receive $75 and the best decorated booth will receive $75.
While the teams compete for money, those looking for a good hearty lunch get to reap the benefits. Adult plates are only $15, and they come with three tickets. Children’s plates, for kids 10 years and under, are just $5, and they come with one ticket apiece. Each ticket represents a chance to taste your favorite team’s carnitas and salsa, along with rice, beans, and tortillas.
All proceeds from the fun, community event will be used towards downtown Arbuckle revitalization efforts.
“It’s the same tried and true formula,” said Mike Doherty, of the Arbuckle Revitalization Committee. “We have 12 teams as of right now signed up to be cooking. I think we may be up a couple of teams – I think our average is about 10.”
“There should be plenty of competition with the teams,” said ARC president Rod Bradford, adding that folks should consider spending Sunday at the Spring Fiesta because it is the best way to showcase the best part of Arbuckle, while supporting the ARC’s efforts to refresh, restore, and revitalize.
“There will be the usual – beer, margaritas, stuff for kids, desserts, music playing – and it’s all for the community and the ARC,” Doherty added. ■