You're gonna feel like a noob if the town of Maricopa's eighth annual Salsa Festival is your first, but you'll be an excited, happy noob, enjoying samples from amateur and pro chefs vying for cash prizes awarded to Best Overall, Mild, Hot, and Unusual recipes for the spicy slush, for which you get to vote. Not your chip of tea? How about an artists' alley, live entertainment, kids' activities, a beer and margarita garden, food vendors, and not merely a mercado, but the Mercado Zone of crafters and other businesses? And in case you were confused about what kind of salsa festival this is, free dance lessons will let you pretend you knew all along.
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Sat., March 31, 4-9 p.m., 2012