HOT News from the Oxnard Salsa Festival – The WINNERS!

By Janis Flippen & George Miller

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Last week’s Oxnard Salsa Festival (event web site) was very fine, as always. It seemed like there were fewer Salsa booth entries, but we enjoyed them all- no bad ones.

The awards, listed below by Janis Flippen, had so many different categories that almost everyone won something. But seriously- with all the varieties- hot, mild, red, green, fruited, specialty- or amateurs to pro’s- these categories were needed. You really can’t compare a hot, spicy mouthburner chili to a mango-strawberry confection.  We tried and failed.

Floor show

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But it seems that one of the all-time most popular acts is The People dancing at Oxnard Salsa Festival! Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

As excellent as the salsa selection was (food booths, too!), the  variety and quality of the dance acts- on two stages-was amazing.  The Saturday programs only showed a few events, but in reality, every few minutes, a new act hit the main stage while we were there, most of them by dance schools or clubs. Good music too- some canned, but also had on Saturday Lili Hernandez, Chino Espinoza y Los Duenos Del Son & Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca.

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One of many fine acts at the Oxnard Salsa Festival on Saturday, 7-30-16. Open Sunday, too! Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

 

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One of many acts at the Oxnard Salsa Festival on Saturday, 7-30-16. Open Sunday, too! Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

On Sunday, the stage lineup was: Conjunto Afro Son, Dancing with Our Community Stars, Son Mayor & Orquesta Tabaco y Ron

On Friday night, Cecilia Noll and the Wild Clams performed: http://oxnardsalsafestival.com/friday-night-kick-off-concert-details/

The smaller “Community stage” had  a pretty good lineup, too. We saw a kid’s act followed by belly dancers. Here was the  schedule of performances: http://oxnardsalsafestival.com/community-stage/

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Belly dancing on the Community Stage at the Oxnard Salsa Festival on Saturday, 7-30-16. Open Sunday, too! Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

 

 

Oxnard Salsa Festival Announces Contest Winners in ‘Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge Recipe Contests’- By Janis Flippen

Oxnard, CA – Both local professional chefs and amateur salsa makers competed for top honors during the ‘2016 Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge’ during the 23rd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, which took place July 30 & 31 at Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard.

 

The Professional Division Winners are as follows:

  • Best Red  – BG’s Café
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BG’s Cafe, one of Oxnard’s favored downtown eateries, won multiple salsa tasting categories and was one of our favorites of many offered in the main tent at the Oxnard Salsa Festival on 7-30-16. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

  • Best Green – La Vero’s
  • Best Specialty/Fruit- La Dolce Vita
  • Best Hot – Vallarta Supermarkets
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Vallarta Market’s salsa offering was one of our favorites of many offered in the main tent at the Oxnard Salsa Festival on 7-30-16. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

 

  • Best Medium – BG’s Cafe
  • Best Mild – La Veros
  • Judge’s Choice – BG’s Cafe
  • People’s Choice – BG’s Cafe
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The sampling tent at the Oxnard Salsa Festival on 7-30-16. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

The Amateur Division Winners are as follows:

  • Best Red                                  Dot Stern, Chatsworth
  • Best Green                              Victor Franco, Pasadena
  • Best Specialty/Fruit                Mike Hill, Winnetka
  • Best Hot                                  Victor Franco, Pasadena
  • Best Medium                          Marie Gutierrez, Ventura
  • Best Mild                                 Gary Ramsey, Willows
  • Judge’s Choice                        Victor Franco, Pasadena

The 23rd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival was presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, and sponsored by Gold Coast Broadcasting, Bud Light, Mission Foods, Ford, Pepsi, Premier America Credit Union, Ventura County Star, and many other generous community partners.

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One of the things we like about the Oxnard Salsa Festival is tat thgey have some offbeart merchadise you don’t find at just any flea market or store.. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

For Festival information, call 805-535-4060, 800-2-Oxnard, or visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com


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One Response to HOT News from the Oxnard Salsa Festival – The WINNERS!

  1. Antonio August 4, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Margarita villa salsa it is so nasty

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