21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival – Update



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2014 Oxnard Salsa Festival
21st Annual Festival
Celebrating Salsa – The Food, the Music & the Dance!
July 26-27, 2014
Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Free Admission and Parking

Oxnard, CA – Get ready to spice things up during the 21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival! One of Oxnard’s signature events, the Oxnard Salsa Festival celebrates salsa food, music and dance on July 26-27, 2014 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard.

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Fire Dawgs review Deception Salsa – I Dare You Wickedly Hot Salsa

I Dare You Wickedly Hot Salsa

This is our 2nd and last review for Deception Salsa out of crofton, Maryland. The first review the Fire Dawgs reviewed their Entice Corn & Bean salsa which was sweet and mild. In this review we go straight into the fire. It is a far leap from the 1st review. I was a little concerned about the ghost pepper heat level for these my firemen friends, so I brought along the Insanity level salsa, which sounds more intimidating, but is actually a step down in heat from the I Dare You one. I brought this along, so if they couldn’t handle the heat, then this one would be similar in flavor enough to get an idea of what it would taste like. The Insanity Salsa was my purchase from the DC Food & Entertaining Show when I first met the boys of Deception Salsa. You will see just how spicy these salsas are, and also see why Deception Salsa received my Lenny Award for best salsa of the year. This stuff rocks! If you have not had it yet, then you best get over to their website and get you some.

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REVIEW: Dat’s Nice – Datil Pepper Mango Salsa

Datil Pepper Mango Salsa

We are at our 5th review out of 6 for the Dat’s Nice Hot Sauce Company. You can follow the other reviews below and see what you have missed thus far, which to me are very good reviews. The Datil Pepper in so many different forms, and it doesn’t stop here with this mango salsa. Our review team is short Big Rob for this one as the review is lost somewhere, but we still have Heynetboy & Zzombie to knock them out. We usually leave our salsa reviews to our salsa loving Fire Dawgs, but I am sure they will be jealous once they see how much these guys loved this salsa.

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REVIEW: Gunther’s Gourmet Spicy Black Bean Dip with lime

I was honored to get a couple of jars of Michael Lampros’ newest creation in return for some feedback. I pulled in Sean, the official cartoonist of ILoveItSpicy, and we got in front of the camera to tell it like it is. Michael has won numerous awards over the years for his gourmet salsa and salad dressings, including runner-up in our recent salsa contest for his fruit salsa, Spicy Ginger Pineapple. He wanted our honest opinions for this spicy black bean dip, and we aim to tell it like it is. So without further adieu…

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Fire Dawgs review Pineapple Smash Salsa – Mild, Medium & Hot

While working on the Houston Hot Sauce Festival Salsa Contest, I was searching through Facebook for salsa companies I had never heard of to tell them about it. Being a huge fan of pineapple, I instantly was attracted to the name “Pineapple Smash Salsa” upon my discovery. Before even reaching out to them about the contest, I decided to just order the salsa first. I had to have me some of their hot version. Boy was I not disappointed. In fact, I thought it was the best pineapple salsa I have ever had. Not to mention the salsa is not only thick and flavorful, at the end of the jar there is no juice or watery remains. Not sure how they keep the salsa so juicy and not have liquid floating at the bottom with pineapple as one of the main ingredients. This salsa is tomato-y and pineapple-y at the same time, but in no way overly sweet. I never got them in the salsa contest, but I think they really had a shot with no disrespect to the winners. Well, I had to reach out to them for a review at the very least with our Fire Dawgs. They agreed immediately and sent us their 3 different levels of heat- mild, medium & hot. Would this pineapple salsa be all hype on my part and no smash? One way to find out folks.

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Fire Dawgs review Xerarch’s Nice ‘n Hot Salsa

Our very own Xero gave us some salsa to feed to our Fire Dawg fire fighter review team. Our usual team of Chief Miguel, Hector and Danny looks like it might be a while before we can get them all in the same room again, so Miguel brought in some volunteers or in this case possible victims. Our newbie George, who we brought in the past can’t really handle too much heat, and that is what makes his review a tad on the comical side because this salsa is way too hot for him. Our other newbie is Taylor or as he is referred to at the Fire Station, “Probby”, which is short for probationary as he is in that stage of his fire & rescue career. He can handle a little more heat than George can, but he also recognizes the heat in this salsa might be a little much for him. Lucky for us in steps Kevin Pyatt, lover of spicy things to add his review to our panel of Fire Dawgs.

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With the Bowers, PA Chile Festival a week away, I wanted you folks to know about a salsa I tried at my very first trip to this event 4 years ago. It was actually during a tropical storm, and the time I got there Saturday around 1pm many people were packed up or running for covering. One company that was hanging in there with the downpour of rainfall was Twisted Twin Salsa.

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TELL ME SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW is a segment where I draw your attention to products you do not here many people talking about, maybe products or companies you might never have heard about before. While CaJohn’s Flavor & Fire isn’t one of those companies, (unless you are a newbie to the spicy world of products), not many people discuss CaJohn’s salsa too much, specifically the Macioces Hot Italian salsa.

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