Salt Smith’s three primary salt blends are pictured together.

Salt Smith: DIY Festival Craft Food

Food: Interviews & Features

The 15th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons is returning to the Utah State Fairpark to celebrate a momentous 15 years as Utah’s largest local-centric arts, music, science and technology festival with a selection of over 350 local artisans and makers. In the following pages, read about a few of the exciting vendors and exhibitors you can expect to see throughout the three-day weekend, including performances from renowned national acts! Check out for more info.

Chris Smith seasons burgers on the grill with a Salt Smith blend.
Photo: John Barkiple

Chris Smith first began crafting unique salt blends in 2020 out of a desire to create better-tasting popcorn salt seasoned with rosemary and thyme. Now, Smith has developed three herb-infused recipes that can be paired with far more than just popcorn.

Salt Smith offers three primary salt blends: a Rosemary Thyme infusion, Wine Smoked Garlic and Smoky Hot Pepper. Rosemary Thyme is a universal blend that Smith notes can be used on almost everything. Wine Smoked Garlic pairs especially well with meats, soups and roasted veggies, and Smoky Hot Pepper is a delicious, smoked seasoning that Smith recommends topping on tacos, bagels and eggs.

“Through time I developed several recipes, focusing on local, fresh herbs that grow well in Utah despite the harsh winters,” he says. Salt Smith sources greens from local, urban farm Frog Bench Farms, who use greenhouses to grow year-round produce. Smith emphasizes the importance of sourcing ingredients locally and supporting Utah farms, vendors and markets. “Supporting local creators and artisans keeps the local economy strong and builds community,” he says.

You can grab Smith’s salty concoction through, at this year’s Craft Lake City DIY Festival or at the Hello! Bulk Markets where Smith creates his blends. He says, ”I have several other blends in the works that will appear throughout the market season, so be sure to come by my booth and see what we have available!”


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