Vero Bistro makes good salsa, but will it make the best at this year’s Sun and Salsa Festival?

Owner Jenny Chan hopes so.

Last year, thousands of Calgarians strolled Kensington Road and 10th St NW sampling salsas prepared by businesses participating in the salsa tasting contest. They voted the Italian-based Bistro’s salsa as having the Most Creative Recipe and Best Presentation; the Best Tasting Salsa award went to Broken Plate.

“We’re hoping to get all (the awards) this year,” said Chan, who will make her Sexy Salsa with kitchen staff just hours before the competition begins Sunday at 11 a.m.

Last year, Chan made 96 litres of salsa but ran out by 1 p.m. This year, she’ll prepare 160 litres to ensure everyone gets a taste.

Chan’s cool and fresh recipe is all about colour, with bright hues from cantaloupe, honeydew melon, mango, and dragon fruit.

But the real secret to her great salsa?

“I cut everything fresh” she said.

The festival, on until 5 p.m., also features musicians, dancers, a Children’s Carnival, and a strongman competition.