Sunday, February 19, 2012

Chefs of all ages invited to compete at Texas Onion Fest

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Chefs of all ages invited to compete at Texas Onion Fest recipe contests


WESLACO – The popular Onion and Salsa Recipe Contest returns to Texas Onion Fest this year at Weslaco City Park, to be held on Sunday, March 25th at the AEP Texas Culinary Center. 


Sponsored by H-E-B, the Onion and Salsa Recipe Contests have always produced uniquely delicious dishes year after year.  Creativity is the name of the game, as last year's winners included Sweet Onion Jam with Goat Cheese Crostini and Butter Poached Baby Onion Tart.

Texas Onion Fest has expanded to two days this year, allowing attendees the opportunity to experience all the major highlights, without having to miss anything.  The contest will be held on the second day of the event at Weslaco City Park.  The Culinary Center, sponsored by AEP Texas, will feature a state-of-the-art kitchen to be built on-site by Lowe's Home Improvement of Weslaco.  Both contests will be held in front of a live audience at the event giving people of all ages the chance to show off their culinary skills and promote the use of onions in today's hometown kitchens.

For the Onion Recipe competition, participants are required to use a ½ cup of onions in their recipe. The Salsa Recipe Contest adds a local flare to the event which requires participants to include a ½ cup of jalapenos. Find out if your homemade salsa is an award winning recipe! The contest honors the Mild Jalapeno developed in Weslaco by Dr. Ben Villalon.

Competing age categories include Youth (ages 7–12), Students (ages 13-18), Adult (ages 19 and up), and Professional (restaurants, café's, cooks, etc.). Winners will receive trophies and have their recipes published on the Texas Onion Fest website.

Entry forms are available at, and at the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce, 255 S. Texas Blvd. Registration deadline is Friday, March 16. For more information, call (956) 968-2102.


Laura Espinoza, Marketing Director

Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce
956.968.2102 office

956.968.6451 fax

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