2022 Judges Choice Award - Principle Food & Drink

2022 Peoples Choice Award - Rugger's Up and Under

Thank you to our participating restaurants, judges, and everyone who came out to participate in this year's Salsa Cookoff! The event was a hit and we cannot wait to taste what downtown has in store for 2023.

Salsa Cookoff

The 2022 Contestants (as of June 17)

  1. Green Top Tavern

  2. Harvey's on the Mall

  3. LFG Bar

  4. Rugger's Up and Under

  5. Old Burdick's

  6. Brick + Brine

  7. Final Gravity

  8. Principle

  9. WL Social House

  10. The Grazing Table

  11. Taco Bob's

  12. La Familia Cafe


July 23, 2022

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


The Event:

It's back!  The 6th annual Salsa Cook-Off is coming to Downtown to kickoff Summer Restaurant Week and get your tastebuds primed with the taste of summer salsas.  It’s your chance to explore Downtown, sampling our best salsa recipes and vote for your favorite, all while visiting new and familiar shops and restaurants.  


Where do I go?:

Put on your walking shoes and start at the Information Booth on the Kalamazoo Mall (125 S. Kalamazoo Mall), and pick up a Passport that will guide you through to all of the salsa stops. Salsa sampling will be available at over 20 shops and restaurants in Downtown while the salsa lasts.  


Look for one of the 280 spaces that have 90-minute free parking. Or skip the search and click on one of the lots below for the easiest parking.

Ramp 3 - Kalamazoo Mall

Ramp 2 - Epic Building

Bell's Emporium lot

How To Vote:

The week of the event, we will have instructions as to how you can text the word "SALSA" to a number.  You'll receive a link where you can rate every salsa all in one place! Support your favorite business and their salsa, or find a new favorite spot.  Voting ends at 3 p.m.  Winners are selected in the categories of Judges' Choice and Overall People's Choice.

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