The popular Onion and Salsa Recipe Contest returns to Texas Onion Fest this year at Mayor Pablo G. Peña City Park, to be held Saturday, March 25 at the Onion Fest Culinary Center.

The Onion and Salsa Recipe Contests at Texas Onion Fest have always produced uniquely delicious dishes.  Creativity is the name of the game as past winners include Sweet Onion Jam with Goat Cheese Crostini and Butter Poached Baby Onion Tart.

The Texas Onion Fest Culinary Center 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 half 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 www.weslaco.com <http://www.weslaco.com> , and at the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce, 275 S. Kansas. Registration deadline is Friday, March 17. For more information, call (956) 968-2102.