Beautiful presentations of salsas, burritos and enchiladas lined tables at the L.A. County Fair as judges meticulously evaluated the tastes of each dish and visual appearance. A Tapestry of Tradition, presented by the Gas Company, housed the Salsa and Mexican Classics competition Saturday, Sept. 11. Judges tasted salsas in three categories: contemporary fruit salsa, traditional and fiery hot. Various food categories were also judged.
Laura Palomino from Chino took first place in the traditional salsa category. April Burton of Rowland Heights won first place in the fruit salsa category with her pineapple and avocado concoction. Richard Ortega of Glendora had the judges in tears with his first place salsa in the fiery hot category.
William Corrales of Chino took first place in the enchilada category with his Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Enchiladas. Kathy Brumley of La Verne took first in the burrito category. Marilyn Cruz of La Verne took first place with her bean tamales in the open category.
The Fair runs through Sept. 26, 2004. For general information on the L.A. County Fair, call (909) 623-3111 or visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com.