For Immediate Release
Event Date: July 26th & 27th, 2014
Oxnard, CA Spices it up with the 21st
Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival,
July 26th & 27th
Spicy food, hot music and Oxnard's cool ocean breezes are on
the menu for the 21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival. Plaza Park is the place for
a two-day celebration of everything salsa – the food, the music, and the dance.
You can taste it, you can dance it, and you can even take it home!
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California, June 16, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The City of Oxnard is
getting ready to spice things up during the 21st Annual
Oxnard Salsa Festival taking
place July 26 & 27, 2014, at Plaza Park, 5th &
'B' Streets, Oxnard, CA. The annual festival is a celebration of
everything salsa -- the music, the food and the dance.
The celebration starts with a Friday Night Kick-off Concert
(paid concert) on July 25, introducing the Oxnard Salsa Orchestra led by Raul
Rico Jr., playing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets for the Friday night concert
seating are $10 per person and can be purchased on-site. Groups of six can
pre-order reserved tables for $85, which seat six, on the festival website.
Sizzling Salsa Bands
Four new bands join the Festival this year. The Festival Main Stage
entertainment runs continuously from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Saturday and
Sunday, July 26 & 27. OPA OPA, one of the new bands, ignites the celebration on
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with their distinctive sound, rich percussive
rhythms, remarkably unique vocals and robust brassy horns that makes up the
powerful sounds of OSA. Next at 2 p.m., appearing for the first time at the
Festival, Sabor Latino Orchestra takes to the stage performing their own
original music. The 17-piece orchestra provides the best in traditional Latin
music and ranks among the most accomplished performers of the golden era of the
Mambo Kings, New York Salsa and Afro-Cuban music. At 4:45 p.m., Yari Morè Band
closes the day out in a first-ever appearance at the Oxnard Salsa Festival. This
exciting band has been providing live entertainment in major cities throughout
southern California, Las Vegas, Chicago and Edmonton, Canada for over 20 years.
Sunday’s celebration kicks off with Conjunto Afro Son, also
new this year, playing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Led by Bobby Escoto III, this
group of seasoned musicians hail from different parts of north, central & South
America living in Los Angeles and bringing great music and energy to the stage.
From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Orquesta Tabaco y Ron, a Southern California favorite,
continues the salsa beat. The 10-piece group led by producer and pianist Hector
Manuel Rivera will have the audience in full motion, showing off their moves.
The Janeen Puente Orchestra takes to the stage and closes the day’s music.
Granddaughter of the great Tito Puente, Janeen Puente and her high-energy salsa
orchestra, perform their original songs and arrangements in a distinctive style.
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Salsa Dance Shows
On Sunday, local community leaders are paired up with the region’s best salsa
instructors to dance for charity during the Dancing with Our Community Stars
Dance Contest & Charity Fundraiser. Patterned after ABC’s hit TV show, this
salsa-twist version is a highlight of the Festival weekend.
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Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge Recipe Contest
Salsa lovers can put their creations to the test by entering the annual recipe
contest dubbed The Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge. The Challenge gets underway on
Sunday morning, July 27. Judging begins at 11 a.m. followed by the announcement
of the winners at 1 p.m. from the Main Stage.
Kids Korner with Tortilla Art
Endless hours of fun await kids at this year’s Kids Korner, expanded this year
with additional activities. Oxnard’s own Art & Music Factory allows kids to get
creative in their arts & crafts booth, using real tortillas provided courtesy of
Mission Foods. Kids can also get their bodies moving with a variety of
inflatables, including a traditional ‘bounce house’, plus a giant maze and slide
for the younger kids.
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Festival Marketplace Food & Shopping
Festival goers will find a wide assortment of international foods and
shopping opportunities in the Festival Marketplace, filled with close to 150
food, craft, gourmet sauce and retail exhibitors.
Salsa Tasting Tent Experience
An estimated 60,000 samples of specialty salsas will be dished up by local
restaurants, Mexican markets and gourmet salsa vendors inside the Festival’s
big-top Salsa Tasting Tent. Whatever one’s salsa preference … fresh & fruity,
hot & smoky, sweet & spicy or extremely hot … it’s all available under one roof.
Tent admission is $5 per person, which includes freshly made Mission Foods
tortilla chips and ten tasting tickets.
There are two different ways for festival goers to get closer to the music –
Reserved seating and Club Salsa. Reserved tables are available on the west side
of the stage with a table for six and an umbrella for shade. Club Salsa is
located on the east side of the stage complete with tables, umbrellas plus its
own private dance floor. Ticket information and reservations can be found
Getting to the Festival - by Car or Train
Oxnard is located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa
Barbara. Visitors can travel to the Oxnard Salsa Festival by train, car, or bus.
The Oxnard Transportation Center is conveniently located just three short blocks
from the festivities at Plaza Park. The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner travels between
San Diego and San Luis Obispo. Kids, ages 2 to 15 ride for ½ the fare when
accompanied by a paid adult. And seniors receive a 15% discount for ages 62 and
The 21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival is presented by the
Oxnard Downtowners, and sponsored by Gold Coast Broadcasting, Bud Light, Mission
Foods, Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ventura County Star, and many other
generous community partners.
Festival admission and parking are free. No pets or coolers
are permitted on-site.
For a listing of hotels and visitor attractions, visit
www.visitoxnard.com or call the Oxnard
Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-2-Oxnard. For Festival information, call
805-247-0197, or visit
Photo Credit Jim Martin
Photo Credit Ken Jones View
Contact: Janis Flippen
Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists
on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a
courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.
Janis Flippen Public Relations
P.O. Box 1892, Oxnard, California, 93032
California, Oxnard, Event Date: July
26 & 27, 2014
Oxnard, CA Spices
it up with the 21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, July 26th & 27th
Spicy food, hot music and cool ocean breezes are on the menu
for the 21st Annual Oxnard Salsa
Festival, July 26 & 27, 2014 in Oxnard, California. Plaza Park is the place
for a two-day celebration of everything salsa – the food, the music, and the
dance. You can taste it, you can dance it, and you can even take it home. The
Festival is open 11 am to 7 pm Saturday & Sunday. Admission and parking are
free. Sizzling entertainment takes center stage with six of the area’s hottest
salsa bands. The Festival Marketplace features gourmet salsas & sauces, boutique
clothing, hand crafted jewelry, garden art, hats, sunglasses, souvenirs, home
décor, cultural crafts, sponsor giveaways, and much more. Enjoy spicy and
refreshing offerings in two international food courts. Taste dozens of different
salsas – from mild to wild – dished up by local restaurants and salsa vendors in
the Salsa Tasting Tent. For a listing of hotels
and visitor attractions, visit
www.visitoxnard.com or call the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau at
1-800-2-Oxnard. For Festival information, call 805-247-0197, or visit