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Adding Heat to an Already Hot Day at Salsa Contest

Oceanside CA– As temperatures hovered in the 90’s along the coast, a champion was crowned master salsa chef during the first Adelante Salsa Contest at Joe Balderrama Park on Monday.

Maria Ortega is all smiles after being named Champion Salsa Chef

Maria Ortega is all smiles after being named Champion Salsa Chef

Judges deemed Maria Ortega’s salsa recipe as the best of the contest for its traditional qualities. The crowd favorite was the second place salsa made by Dinova Michel. Gift cards were awarded the winners.

Dinova Michel's salsa was crowd favorite at the contest

Dinova Michel’s salsa was crowd favorite at the contest

The event coincided with a stop of the Adelante Bookmobile in honor of Mexican Independence Day. Entertainment was provided by Ballet Folklorico Tapatio along with traditional Mariachi Music
Light refreshments helped cool down the attendees at the event sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library.