Salsa Festival LogoThe Good Samaritan Mission will hold a Family Salsa Festival on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Festival is a celebration of the community and all things salsa. One may ask, “Is it a celebration of ‘salsa’ the dance or ‘salsa’ the condiment?” The answer is both.

Maxima 92.5 will be on site all day with a live remote broadcast and other entertainment includes dance and music with a Latin beat. International food vendors will be at the event along with local businesses, crafts, non-profit organizations, a salsa recipe contest and plenty of activities for the whole family.

Sample and select favorite recipes in the salsa contest or enter a recipe to win. Pre-registration is required for all contestants by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 7. There is no charge to enter this contest. Salsa must be made on site; nothing may be prepared ahead of time. There will be a special award for the best display decorations. The Good Samaritan Mission will provide the kitchen, a tent, tables, tasting cups and gloves for your use. Winners will receive a trophy and bragging rights until the next festival. Additional information can be found at

This event is designed to provide a venue for individuals, businesses and organizations to promote themselves. Vendors are welcome to purchase space to sell their wares. Local non-profit organizations are welcome to promote their causes, free of charge.

Entry to the festival is free. There is a $5 donation per vehicle for parking on the Mission grounds (motorcycles can park for free).

Good Samaritan Mission is a charitable, non-profit, 501(c)(3) Christian Ministry and is dedicated to a holistic approach to enhancing the spiritual, emotional/psychological and physical quality of life of farm workers and others living in poverty. Helping to organize this event, Ann Maddon said, “It is our hope that our friends and neighbors would learn more about the mission, partner with us in serving our guest and clients and allow us to partner with them. The first thing they need to do is come for a visit. The Salsa Festival is truly family-friendly.”

The Mission is located at 14920 Balm Wimauma Rd. in Wimauma. For more information on the Festival and the salsa contest or to learn how to help, please call 634-7136 or visit


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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.