Crowds of chip crunching salsa fans made their way through vegetable laden booths Saturday morning as Salsa Fest began in Wadena's Burlington Northern Park.

It was a celebration of all things salsa, brought together by the Sustainable Farming Association's Central Chapter, a group of farmers and produce sellers looking to market their product and bring a little fun on a fall day.

This is the third year of Salsa Fest. It was previously held in Long Prairie.

While there was a variety of spicy options for folks to sample, there was also a nice selection of sweets. Mango and pineapple salsas as well as salsa ice cream were hot items on the cool fall day.

A salsa competition was planned at the event, which Steph Heringlake was excited about. She drove up from St. Cloud to sell her salsa varieties and said finding a place for salsas to compete is rare. She planned to put up three of her many salsas to the test.

One taste tester was elated at the unusual flavor and shared how much he needed to get out to farmers markets more often.

Aside from salsa eating, salsa dancing, farming techniques musical performances and kids activities were also planned throughout the day.

Here's a look at the day's schedule.

Performance Schedule:

Special presentations:

  • 1 p.m. – Kathy Connell – Seed Saving
  • 2 p.m. – Free Salsa Dance Lessons (inside depot) provided by Bailame Dance Festival
  • 3 p.m. – Dr. Thaddeus McCarmant – Fruit Trees
  • 4 p.m. – Kent Solberg – Livestock, Grazing and Soil Health Test
  • 5 p.m. – Garlicky Bohemian Farm – You guessed it, growing garlic!
  • 6 p.m. – Ronald & Margaret Stelck – Mushroom Growing
  • 6:15 p.m. – Free Salsa Dance Lessons (on the street) provided by Bailame Dance Festival