A caliente Salsa Festival this year!

By George Miller

The Salsa Festival is one of Oxnard’s BIGGEST, most succesful and enjoyable events, exceeded only by the Strawberry Festival, which has gone really big time. Little Plaza Park wasn’t big enough to accommodate it, so it overflowed onto Fifth and B Streets.

Yes, it was definitely caliente (hot) — caliente salsa, caliente music, caliente dancing and it was a mucho caliente day temperature-wise, too.

In addition to the usual booths you see at every fair and festival were many ethnic food, clothing and products offerings. But the highlights were the performance stages and THE SALSA TENT, the main reason for the festival.

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Main stage at the 2015 Oxnard Salsa Festival, 7-25-15. Photo: George Miller, CitizensJournal.us

Listening to the music, sampling the delicious salsas, seeing the merchandise and most people there made us feel like we were in Mexico. We heard two good bands, but missed the dance contest. It was crowded on this late Saturday afternoon, but not as bad as our earlier in the day visit last year.

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Pay by the ride, or all day for $20, at Oxnard Salsa Festival, 7-25-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

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Some fairly unusual craft merchandise at Oxnard Salsa Festival, 7-25-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us.

 
We lost count of the tantalizing salsas we sampled. My favorite was from the Kitchen Restaurant (sorry, no pic, too busy enjoying), but there were quite a few excellent ones. Everyone came with their best recipes and the festival goers benefitted!
 
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BG’s Restaurant, a favorite local hangout, also had tasty salsa. 2015 Oxnard Salsa Festival. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 
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Fresh & Easy Restaurant, (downtown Oxnard) had some really good salsa! 2015 Oxnard Salsa Festival. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

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El Dorado Restaurant (on the Boulevard) also had tasty salsa. 2015 Oxnard Salsa Festival. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 
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International dance on the Community Stage at 2015 Oxnard Salsa Festival. Photo: CitizensJournal.us.

 

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Redesign of the California flag? Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 
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All kinds of tasty food in addition to the headline salsas! 2015 Oxnard Salsa Festival. Photo: CitizensJournal.us.

 
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For those who couldn’t or wouldn’t spring for $5 a head for Oxnard Salsa Festival event seating for their families, there were acceptable alternatives, as you can see here. Photo: CitizensJournal.us.

 
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Chili peppers fuel the most potent salsa!. Plant by Heritage Succulents- http://www.heritagesucculents.com/, on B St. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

Don’t miss this event in 2016!
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George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.
 
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