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Kensington Sun & Salsa Festival

A street festival is a thing of beauty. Roads shut down, confused motorists, traffic jams that stretch for blocks in places where there has been no traffic jams ever before. Hundreds of people cruising the streets, vendors selling everything from art, to tasty street food, to… insurance? Bands playing music at the end of every street, politicians looking for – begging for – pleading for votes. I love it.

Today’s Sun and Salsa couldn’t have asked for better weather, or a better turn out. The streets were filled with beautiful people all vying for a taste of the many great salsas being server up by local restaurants and politicians. Our personal favorite, a creation by Oolong Tea House that was infused with Market Spice Tea and Smoked Lapsang Souchong Chinese Black Tea that had a flavor beyond any others. The tea acted as though they were enchanted Asian herbs hidden high in the Himalayas, only found by the most enlightened of monks and cooks alike.

The many politicians in attendance even participated in the Salsa competition, albeit they probably should have been focusing on campaigning to win the mayoral race rather than a salsa competition. Typical politicians though, wanting all the glory, lacking the focus to get the job done. I hope Barb throws her hat into the race soon.

What we liked

  • Great Salsas
  • Great Atmosphere

What we didn’t like

  • Couldn’t find the voting station for the salsa competition
  • The store claiming $50 for the Vinturi wine aerator was the best price in the city (every wine store in Calgary sells them cheaper)

By the way, the Vinturi is a must have, it is phenomenal and available from amazon for $39.95

Happy eating,


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  1. I didn’t vote this year, but from experience I think people can vote at the same booths where you buy your chips.

  2. Ah, that would make sense. I wonder who won, their website was down due to bandwidth exceeded. Must have been a popular website yesterday.

    Thanks Vincci,


  3. Nolan,

    Thanks so much for the appreciative comments about our twist on salsa! We went through over 60L that day! We always appreciate feed back and love the website! Keep up the good work, and we hope to see you in for tea soon!

    Oolong Tea House

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