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Salsa festival to spice it up for a cause

<p>Grab your dancing shoes, get your taste buds tingling and then mambo on down to Kensington’s 14th annual Sun and Salsa Festival this Sunday.</p>




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Annie MacInnis, an organizer of the Sun and Salsa Festival, trains her taste buds yesterday at Julio’s Barrio to gear up for this weekend’s spicy Sunday at Kensington’s.





Grab your dancing shoes, get your taste buds tingling and then mambo on down to Kensington’s 14th annual Sun and Salsa Festival this Sunday.





The event, which raises money while offering Calgarians the chance to test dozens of different salsas and listen to Latin music in the sun, had a record-breaking turnout last year and organizers are hoping this year’s rendition will be just as spicy.





Annie MacInnis, manager of Kensington Business Revitalization (BRZ), which is putting the event on, said they hope to see another 75,000 people this Sunday.





“It’s a fun way to get people out for a free festival and trying different kinds of salsa,” she told Metro, adding this year’s competition is tough.





“The competition will be fierce this year. Last year, the Crave cupcake girls won best salsa and the kitchens and pubs are out to get revenge,” she said with a laugh.





While the event itself is free, chips are $3 a basket with proceeds headed to the LEAD Foundation, an organization for families of children with autism. Water will also cost $2 and the money from that will go toward a second charity, the Agape Hospice in Kensington.





“We strongly encourage people to buy their water and chips for the event from us because it all goes towards helping great causes. So come on down, get your chips and water and have some fun!”





More than 50 businesses will be competing for bragging rights of stirring up the best salsa, while latin music, a beauty pageant and children’s carnival will round out the affair.





For more information, check out www.visitkensington.com. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Kensington Rd. and 10 St.


 
 
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