Oxnard Salsa Festival Annual Event Celebrates Spicy Foods & Sizzling Entertainment


Oxnard, CA --Oxnard Salsa Festival is one of Oxnard's top events of the year, second only to the Strawberry Festival. Each and every year the Salsa Festival promises to be the summer’s HOTTEST event with two days of spicy foods and sizzling entertainment at Plaza Park, Fifth & B Streets in downtown Oxnard. The 16th Annual  Festival is presented by the Oxnard Downtowners and features top salsa bands, non-stop salsa dancing, vendor marketplace shopping, Kids Korner, Salsa Tasting Tent, international foods, a salsa recipe contest, and the “Salsa with our Local Stars” Dance Contest & Charity Fundraiser. This award-winning Festival is held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission and parking are Free. Pets and coolers are not permitted. For Festival info call (805) 247-0197 or oxnardsalsafestival.com.


Saturday

Kicking off the festivities on Saturday at 111:00 a.m. is a live band, with musicians and music going all afternoon on the main stage.

 

Sunday

On Sunday, salsa hits hard and never stops.
The featured salseros (dance instructors) - all from Ventura County, plus “Salsa with our Local Stars”; will assist in raising more than $10,000 for local charities with this year’s contest.

At the Oxnard Salsa Festival, salsa dancing (and watching people dance) is all part of the fun. From the first beat of the conga on Saturday morning to the last note on Sunday night, the large dance floor is filled with dancers of all ages and ability.

 

Both Days

With all this dancing, Festival goers will be able to easily satisfy their hunger and thirst with an array of spicy foods, sweet treats, and cool frosty drinks. One of the most popular culinary attractions at the Oxnard Festival is the Salsa Tasting Tent, where some 500 gallons of specialty salsas will be dished up by local restaurants, Mexican markets, and gourmet salsa vendors. Whether your preference is for fresh & fruity, hot & smoky, sweet & spicy – or eye-watering extreme blends that defy description – all flavors imaginable are available under one roof in what could very well be Ventura County’s “biggest salsa bar!”

The fun doesn’t stop with the salsa, though. Shopping is another highlight of the event with an eclectic mix of merchants throughout Plaza Park and on the streets of downtown Oxnard. The 2008 blend includes an array of handmade jewelry, one-of-a-kind fashion wear and accessories, hand-thrown pottery, garden art, children’s boutique items, home décor, and imported clothing and handicrafts from Africa, Central and South America. To commemorate their “hot” time at the Oxnard Salsa Festival, visitors can stop by the Festival’s souvenir booth where they’ll find a variety of official Festival souvenirs including collectible t-shirts, four flavor flavors of salsa, shot glasses, and – new this year – Oxnard Salsa Festival Frisbees and magnets.

The Salsa Festival is Oxnard’s largest free community event, attracting an estimated 40,000 to 45,000 people to downtown every July. Festival admission is free thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors and partners. In 2008 the partners and sponsors were: El Habañero Sponsor: Time Warner Cable; Sizzling Sponsors: Gold Coast Broadcasting, Ventura County Star; Hot! Hot! Hot! Sponsors: Bud Light, Gills Onions, Mission Foods, Tresierras Supermarkets Spicy Sponsors: Alert Real Estate Services, Art & Music Factory, Cabo Seafood Grill & Cantina, City of Oxnard, Pepsi Bottling Group, Oxnard Harbor District, Road Runner Sports, Ruby’s Café & Night Club, Shell Vacations Club, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Working Law Group, XL5 Productions; Zesty Sponsors: Amtrak, Anza Event Rentals, Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard, CSUCI, First California Bank, H & R Block, Infinity Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, Kalani Family Chiropractic, Kitchen Craft Cookware, Mehle Printing, Oxnard Convention & Visitor Bureau, Rabobank, Starbucks, Verizon Wireless and Wescom Credit Union.

Out of town Festival goers can ride Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner to Oxnard; the train station is conveniently located just three short blocks from the Salsa Festival site. For hotel and visitor information, contact the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-2-Oxnard or visitoxnard.com.

There are still hotel rooms as of posting of this event: Affordable hotel rooms include Best Western, Hampton Inn and Casa Sirena on the waterfront. Our absolute favorite is Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach, but Four Points by Sheraton (in Ventura).

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