Salsa Tasting Contest and Cinco De Mayo Dinner to be held May 2

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Salsa Tasting Contest and Cinco De Mayo Dinner to be held May 2

May 2, 2016

A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta sponsored by HALO and Spanish Club will take place in Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Ranger Room in Alva, Monday, May 2, and is open to the public.

The event will kick off from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is a Salsa Tasting Contest followed by a Mexican dinner to celebrate "Cinco de mayo."

Tickets for the meal are $5 for adults, faculty and staff and $3 for students and children.

Registration for the salsa contest is now closed but those making salsa have been encouraged to prepare either mild or hot salsa, which will be judged on consistency, appropriate heat level and taste. For the contest, salsa tasters can sample the salsa and vote for a People’s Choice Award. Prizes will be given to the first place winners.

Salsa-making contestants must prepare their version of salsa prior to the start of the competition and must display a list of ingredients.

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the defeat of the French by Mexico at the Battle of Puebla. Mexican troops won the fight on May 5, 1862.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact sponsors Dr. Francisco Martinez, professor of Spanish, at (580) 327-8566 or, or Dr. Claudia Young, associate professor of Spanish, at (580) 327-8464 or