Write On Rubee

An Arizona-based food, beverage and travel writer since 2008,  I launched this website in 2015 to document my culinary adventures, beverage escapades, gardening endeavors, and travel in the Phoenix area and beyond.  Also find a comprehensive calendar of Phoenix-area food and drink-related events on my Events page.

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My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge


  • Steele Indian School Park 300 E Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ 85012 (map)

The 33rd Annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge is the largest annual fundraiser for the Arizona Hemophilia Association.  This two-day-long festival features over one hundred salsas in a competition for the judges' votes and a $1000 cash prize.  More than 20,000 people are expected to come and taste salsas, listen to live music, enjoy margaritas, cold beers, and vote for their favorite salsa chef.  A separate competition within the event is the Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix-Off, which takes place from 12:30-3:30 p.m.  Bartenders show off their talents to win Best Margarita and a $500 prize.  For more information and to buy tickets, visit Salsa Challenge

  • Saturday, March 25, 2016,  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 26, 2016, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • $15 tickets includes all you can eat chips and salsa from competitors in all categories: individual, business and restaurant.  
  • $55 VIP includes entrance into the VIP tent, food and complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. 
Earlier Event: March 23
Garden Session at Teeter House
Later Event: March 25
Italian Festival 2017