San Antonio celebrates first-ever Chamoy Challenge – mySA

The first-ever Chamoy Challenge is planned for August 20 in San Antonio. 

The first-ever Chamoy Challenge is planned for August 20 in San Antonio. 

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San Antonio, a city dripping in chamoy, is getting an event to celebrate the sweet-sour-spicy-salty concoction that we dress fruit, drinks, candies, and more. The inaugural Chamoy Challenge will bring together fans at Rolling Oaks Mall in August

Janie Villarreal McClinchie, owner of Que Retro Arts, is organizing the event on August 20. She also hosts the Concha Throwdown in the fall, which brings together sweets fans and sellers under one roof. 

She tells MySA that guests will be able to sample some of the treats from each of the invited vendors. The chamoy-makers will also make a food item with chamoy as the main ingredient to be tested by a panel of judges. A list of participating vendors has not been revealed. 

“Chamoy is everywhere and in everything here in San Antonio,” Villarreal McClinchie says. “Chamoy can make anything from fruit, chips, candy and now even alcoholic beverages taste better! Everywhere you go in San Antonio you see Chamoy vendors popping up.”

Villarreal McClinchie points to all the ways San Antonio has incorporated chamoy in their lives, from mini keychain bottles to crafting their own recipes with fresh pickled fruit, chiles, salt, and sugar. H-E-B has even jumped on the chamoy love and often infuses some of their branded products with the taste, like chamoy chicken salad. 

The event at the mall is free to attend. Chamoy Challenge is planned for 12 to 5 p.m.

“Chamoy is a huge part of our culture and we love celebrating  this with food and fun,” the organizer says. 

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