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Good Morning McKinney!

Today I am so happy to tell you about a new community event happening this July 4th right here in our very own Chestnut Square Village: STAR-SPANGLED SALSA FEST! Brought to you by MCDC and MCVB and benefitting the Community Garden Kitchen, STAR-SPANGLED SALSA FEST 2018 will feature live entertainment including a family fun zone, live music and of course, salsa dancing. Did I mention the food? Some of my favorite food trucks, chefs, restaurants, and breweries will be in attendance as well!

Is your salsa THE BEST salsa? If your salsa sizzles, put it to the test by entering the salsa competition for $25! A panel of expert judges including Collin County Judge Paul Raleeh, Community Volunteer Harvey Oaxaca, The Rev. Perry Mullins from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Andy Doyle-owner of McKinney Wine Merchant, Chef Robert Lyford of Patina Green, Randy Abshier of Loco Cowpoke and Community Volunteer Kathryn Waite will taste test and announce a slew of winners. There are three levels of competition: Restaurants, Commercial Bottlers and Individuals. Each level may enter as many entries as they wish into the following categories: Red, Green and Special Variety. Winners will receive a commemorative day of award, as well as recognition on the Salsa Fest McKinney website and social media platforms.

My family always enjoys attending the 4th of July parade in downtown McKinney, and will love adding this festivity to our day, especially knowing that all proceeds will benefit the Community Garden Kitchen.

Community Garden Kitchen of Collin County, Inc. began in 2014, blossoming from a discussion around a kitchen table about hunger in the community. Discovering there was no place in Collin County that served prepared, healthy meals on a daily basis, the group decided to build a permanent place to feed those in need. These friends and others who’ve joined this endeavor believe that no one residing in Collin County, Texas should be food insecure. Today, over 15% of our county’s residents who live below the poverty line struggle to have enough food to sustain healthy, productive lives. Data shows that McKinney, our county seat, is the epicenter of food insecurity in our county.

If you are interested in attending, entering the salsa competition, or becoming a sponsor, please visit the STAR-SPANGLED SALSA FEST website, or the Facebook event page for more information. I look forward to seeing you there and tasting some spicy salsa!


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